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The Power of Concentration

The Power of Concentration

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The Power of Concentration

By: Theron

Q. Dumont (a pseudonym of William Walker Atkinson)

Published in 1917 by

Advanced Thought Publishing Co. Chicago, Illinois
Also author of; "Personal Magnetism"; "Practical Memory Training"; "Mental Therapeutics"; "Successful Salesmanship"; "Master Mind"; and many others (see biography for more info)



We all know that in order to accomplish a certain thing we must concentrate. It is of the utmost value to learn how to concentrate. To make a success of anything you must be able to concentrate your entire thought upon the idea you are working out. Do not become discouraged, if you are unable to hold your thought on the subject very long at first. There are very few that can. It seems a peculiar fact that it is easier to concentrate on something that is not good for us, than on something that is beneficial. This tendency is overcome when we learn to concentrate consciously. If you will just practice a few concentration exercises each day you will find you will soon develop this wonderful power. Success is assured when you are able to concentrate for you are then able to utilize for your good all constructive thoughts and shut out all the destructive ones. It is of the greatest value to be able to think only that which will be beneficial. Did you ever stop to think what an important part your thoughts, concentrated thoughts, play in your life? This book shows their far reaching and all abiding effects. These lessons you will find very practical. The exercises I have thoroughly tested. They are arranged so that you will notice an improvement from the very start, and this will give you encouragement. They point out ways in which you can help yourself. Man is a wonderful creature, but he must be trained and developed to be useful. A great work can be accomplished by every man if he can be awakened to do his very best. But the greatest man would not accomplish much if he lacked concentration and effort. Dwarfs can often do the work of giants when they are transformed by the almost magic power of great mental concentration. But giants will only do the work of dwarfs when they lack this power. We accomplish more by concentration than by fitness; the man that is apparently best suited for a place does not always fill it best. It is the man that concentrates on its every possibility that makes an art of both his work and his life. All your real advancement must come from your individual effort.


This course of lessons will stimulate and inspire you to achieve success; it will bring you into perfect harmony with the laws of success. It will give you a firmer hold on your duties and responsibilities. The methods of thought concentration given in this work if put into practice will open up interior avenues that will connect you with the everlasting laws of Being and their exhaustless foundation of unchangeable truth. As most people are very different it is impossible to give instructions that will be of the same value to all. The author has endeavored in these lessons to awaken that within the soul which perhaps the book does not express. So study these lessons as a means of awakening and training that which is within yourself. Let all your acts and thoughts have the intensity and power of concentration. To really get the full benefit of these lessons you should read a page, then close the book and thoughtfully recall its ideas. If you will do this you will soon cultivate a concentrated mental habit, which will enable you to read with ordinary rapidity and remember all that you read.

CONCENTRATION FINDS THE WAY Everyone has two natures. One wants us to advance and the other wants to pull us back. The one that we cultivate and concentrate on decides what we are at the end. Both natures are trying to gain control. The will alone decides the issue. A man by one supreme effort of the will may change his whole career and almost accomplish miracles. You may be that man. You can be if you Will to be, for Will can find a way or make one. I could easily fill a book, of cases where men plodding along in a matter-of-fact way, were all at once aroused and as if awakening from a slumber they developed the possibilities within them and from that time on were different persons. You alone can decide when the turning point will come. It is a matter of choice whether we allow our diviner self to control us or whether we will be controlled by the brute within us. No man has to do anything he does not want to do. He is therefore the director of his life if he wills to be. What we are to do, is the result of our training. We are like putty, and can be completely controlled by our will power. Habit is a matter of acquirement. You hear people say: "He comes by this or that naturally, a chip off the old block," meaning that he is only doing what his parents did. This is quite often the case, but there is no reason for it, for a person can break a habit just the moment he masters the "I will." A man may have been


a "good-for-nothing" all his life up to this very minute, but from this time on he begins to amount to something. Even old men have suddenly changed and accomplished wonders. "I lost my opportunity," says one. That may be true, but by sheer force of will, we can find a way to bring us another opportunity. There is no truth in the saying that opportunity knocks at our door but once in a lifetime. The fact is, opportunity never seeks us; we must seek it. What usually turns out to be one man's opportunity, was another man's loss. In this day one man's brain is matched against another's. It is often the quickness of brain action that determines the result. One man thinks "I will do it," but while he procrastinates the other goes ahead and does the work. They both have the same opportunity. The one will complain of his lost chance. But it should teach him a lesson, and it will, if he is seeking the path that leads to success. Many persons read good books, but say they do not get much good out of them. They do not realize that all any book or any lesson course can do is to awaken them to their possibilities; to stimulate them to use their will power. You may teach a person from now until doom's day, but that person will only know what he learns himself. "You can lead him to the fountain, but you can't make him drink." One of the most beneficial practices I know of is that of looking for the good in everyone and everything, for there is good in all things. We encourage a person by seeing his good qualities and we also help ourselves by looking for them. We gain their good wishes, a most valuable asset sometimes. We get back what we give out. The time comes when most all of us need encouragement; need buoying up. So form the habit of encouraging others, and you will find it a wonderful tonic for both those encouraged and yourself, for you will get back encouraging and uplifting thoughts. Life furnishes us the opportunity to improve. But whether we do it or not depends upon how near we live up to what is expected of us. The first of each month, a person should sit down and examine the progress he has made. If he has not come up to "expectations" he should discover the reason, and by extra exertion measure up to what is demanded next time. Every time that we fall behind what we planned to do, we lose just so much for that time is gone forever. We may find a reason for doing it, but most excuses are poor substitutes for action. Most things are possible. Ours may be a hard task, but the harder the task, the greater the reward. It is the difficult things that really develop us, anything that requires only a small effort, utilizes very few of our faculties, and yields a scanty harvest of achievement. So do not shrink from a hard task, for to accomplish one of these will often bring us more good than a dozen lesser triumphs. I know that every man that is willing to pay the price can be a success. The price is not in money, but in effort. The first essential quality for success is the desire to do - to be something. The next thing is to learn how to do it; the next to


the man that has acquired knowledge. The man that is chosen at the crucial time is not usually a genius. It is really a shame that so many men and women. Some day I hope to see a millionaire philanthropist start a school for the training of failures.carry it into execution. -5- . achieved results in some line. An untried man is seldom put in a position of responsibility and power. but usually they get a knock downwards instead. expects it and attracts it to him. Learn all you can. for he establishes the reputation of being a hustler. It is my opinion that with the right kind of training every man could be a success. He could have agencies on the lookout for men that had lost their grip on themselves. The successful man gets used to seeing things accomplished and always feels sure of success. Such a man will always be in demand. So the man that wants to be successful must be liberal. That "miracles. Don't see how little you can do. He is placed there because of his reputation of putting vigor and virility into his efforts. There is always room for him because progressive firms never let a hustler leave their employment if they can help it. The man selected is one that has done something. The result is that their latent powers never develop and both they and the world are the losers. The secret of success is to try always to improve yourself no matter where you are or what your position. I trust that in the near future. so to speak. rich in ability and talent. it is true. but is. nevertheless. The man that reaches the top is the gritty. but he has learned that results can only be produced by untiring concentrated effort. uncertain. that may. Such a man achieves success. be foreign to this particular case. That is the only secret of why some succeed and others fail. hard worker and never the timid. that through some sorrow or misfortune had become discouraged. plucky. Their minds only have to be turned from despair to hope to make them regain their hold. someone will heed the opportunity of using some of his millions in arousing men that have begun to falter. of some value in all cases. and because he has previously shown that he has pluck and determination. but how much you can do. or taken the lead in his department. The man that is a failure gets used to seeing failure. At first all they need is a little help to get them back on their feet. I am sure he could not put his money to a better use. that had through indisposition weakened their will." He knows that the only way they will happen is by sticking to a proposition and seeing it through. he must acquire all the knowledge that he can. he must be well posted not only in one branch of his business but in every part of it. he does not possess any more talent than others. providing they will make use of it. are allowed to go to waste. slow worker. All they need to be shown is that there is within them an omnipotent source that is ready to aid them. The man that is the best able to accomplish anything is the one with a broad mind." in business do not just "happen. In a year's time the science of practical psychology could do wonders for him.

Today we must conquer our weakening tendencies alone. He will get little encouragement or advice of an inspiring nature. Very often they did not have the bare necessities of life. all that it is necessary to do is to use more determination and grit and will. which afterwards greatly helped in bettering the condition of others. Never sit down and complain of the rough places. Do not expect that you will always have easy sailing. Usually they have been very much misunderstood by relatives and friends. he must win his redemption by his own will.When a man loses his grip today. The "smaller" the man the greater the obstacle appears. Parts of your journey are likely to be rough. Think of the hardships many of our inventors have gone through before they became a success. but lack of health. There is only one way to accomplish anything and that is to go ahead and do it. Think of it as a mere incident that has to be overcome before you can reach your goal. Don't let the rough places put you out of commission. the smaller the obstacle appears. The men that have risen to the highest positions have usually had to gain their victories against big odds. and resolve to conquer your weaknesses and vices. View with delight the smooth plains that are in front of you. Obstacles are quickly overcome by the man that sets out to accomplish his heart's desire. Don't expect anyone to help you. The "bigger" the man. and it will give you the needed courage for their conquest. Keep on with the journey. He must usually regain the right road alone. Just take one big brace. A man may accomplish almost anything today. I can think of nothing. if he just sets his heart on doing it and lets nothing interfere with his progress. There is no other handicap that you should not be able to overcome. -6- . Really none can do this for you. Everyone really wants to do something. if you but give it the chance. Always look at the advantage you gain by overcoming obstacles. yet. by sheer determination and resolute courage. They can encourage you. that should interfere with one becoming successful. He must stop dissipating his energies and turn his attention to building a useful career. The man with grit and will. To overcome a handicap. Just the way you weather the storm shows what material you are made of. they managed to exist somehow until they perfected their inventions. that is all. may be poor today and wealthy in a few years. Will will carry you over chasms of failure. but there are few that will put forward the needed effort to make the necessary sacrifice to secure it. will power is a better asset than money. make firm resolutions. but think how nice the pleasant stretches were. Do not let a setback stop you.

and the procedure of mental concentration is not good. appetites." 2. When the self-guiding faculties are weak in development. passion and excitement. passions.DIRECTION POWER OF CONCENTRATION Man from a psychological standpoint of development is not what he should be. He does not possess the self-mastery. intense emotions. This is what makes mental concentration poor. He has not trained himself in a way to promote his self-mastery.LESSON II THE SELF. emotional and irregular in its action.MASTERY: SELF. When the self-regulating faculties are not developed the impulses. emotions. So if you cannot concentrate one of the following is the cause: 1. thoughts. etc. emotions and passions have full swing to do as they please and the mind becomes impulsive. "An impulsive and emotional mind. The impulsive and emotional state of mind can best be corrected by restraining anger. Man must learn to control not only his mind but his bodily movements. Therefore you cannot learn to concentrate until you develop those very powers that qualify you to be able to concentrate. both in a mental and physical sense. Every balanced mind possesses the faculties whose chief duties are to engineer. "Deficiency of the motor centers. It is easiest to correct. strong impulses. the impulses. It is impossible to concentrate when you are in any of these excited states. not because the mind is necessarily weak in the autonomic department of the faculties. "An untrained mind." The last fault can soon be removed by systematic practice. -7- ." 3. but because the mind is not properly trained. direct and concentrate the operations of the mind. actions and habits of the person suffer from lack of regulation. the person always lacks the power of mental concentration. the self-directing power of concentration that is his by right. When the controlling faculties (autonomic) are in an untrained condition. restless. fretfulness. hatred.

These can be naturally decreased by avoiding such food and drinks as have nerve weakening or stimulating influences. think. You concentrate at the moment when you say. If you waste your time reading sensational stories or worthless newspaper items. or a tendency to stir up the passions. no matter what it is. it is a very good practice to watch and associate with those persons that are steady. as you continue to do so. is weak. You will not be a free engineer. Correcting the deficiency of the motor centers is harder because as the person's brain is undeveloped he lacks will power. If you work. Concentration of the mind can only be developed by watching yourself closely. last and all the time. or absence of mind. you excite the impulsive and the emotional faculties. "I want to. you use the faculties of autonomy. I will. concentrate very well. and remove any unharmonious impressions has strength of mind. The person who allows his mind to roam at will will never accomplish a great deal in the world. But the person that can center his mind on any problem. "The Master Mind. but this is not so. To be able to concentrate you must possess strength of mind. I can. To cure this takes some time. talk and act aimlessly. Their power of concentration becomes weaker and they find it difficult to concentrate on anything. To be able to focalize the mind on the object at hand in a conscious manner leads to concentration. the impulses and the emotions. or thought." Some Mistakes Some People Make." * Many have the idea that when they get into a negative state they are concentrating. and this means you are weakening your power of concentration. until in time you can engineer your every thought. also the mind that cannot draw itself from a subject or thought is weak. When you commence to watch yourself and your own acts and also the acts of other people. acts and plans. They may be meditating. though not concentrating. All kinds of development commence with close attention. because of lack of will. The mind that cannot center itself on a special subject. The person that is feeble-minded cannot concentrate his mind. as a rule. You should regulate your every thought and feeling. A concentrated mind pays attention to thoughts. He wastes his energies. and. means strength of mind. Through concentration a person is able to collect and hold his mental and physical energies at work. if they keep up this state. calm. They very often injure the brain. able to pilot yourself to success. wish and plan. Those that are in a negative state a good deal of the time cannot. and allow your brain to wander from your subject to foreign fields. you improve your faculties. Persons so afflicted may benefit by reading and studying my course. words. they develop instead abstraction of the mind. first. controlled and conservative. you will not be able to concentrate. Only the trained -8- . Concentration.

notice the useless expenditure of energy. Start out in the morning and see how self-poised you can remain all day. It is just as important for you to conserve your nervous forces as it is the vital forces. you become more in earnest in what you do and this almost invariably improves your chances for success. nor of his thoughts. you must close your valves and direct your power of generating mental steam toward one end. you will waste your energy and not accomplish as much as you should. Watch and see what a perfect control he has over his body. Give no heed to anything else. Center your mind on one purpose. see that you do tomorrow. one plan. Unless you do. and thereby gains power to control others. It is the same with you. one transaction. When he becomes irritated. but keep your own plans before you. Notice how he moves his eyes. Then I want you to watch just an ordinary person. the more you improve your concentration. At times take an inventory of your actions during the day and see if you have kept your determination. but make your will and intellect act in unison. plans. he irritates others and spoils all chances of any concerned doing their best. The person that cannot direct his thoughts. feelings and wishes. The more self-poised you are the better will your concentration be. -9- . Concentration means success. He is consciously attentive and holds his mind to one thing at a time. The person that is impulsive one moment and calm the next has not the proper control over himself. Some one opens all the valves and the train stops. arms.mind can focalize. Concentrate your strength upon the purpose you are talking about. and. Do not let your attention wander or be diverted. The person of good breeding now speaks with slowness and deliberation. But the person that can direct his energies and hold them at work in a concentrated manner controls his every work and act. In this day the man that gets excited and irritable should be looked upon as an undesirable person. because you are better able to govern yourself and centralize your mind. wishes. To hold a thought before it until all the faculties shall have had time to consider that thought is concentration. These movements all break down the vital cells and lessen the person's power in vital and nerve directions. remember. If not. Never be in too much of a hurry. resolutions and studies cannot possibly succeed to the fullest extent. He shuts out everything else. fingers. a man of force. Watch his every move. I want you to watch the next person you see that has the reputation of being a strong character. the greater are your possibilities. He is cultivating more and more of a reposeful attitude. As an example we see an engine going along the track very smoothly. He can make his every move serve a useful end and every thought a noble purpose. When you are talking to a person have your own plans in mind. When you are talking to anyone give him your sole and undivided attention. He is not a master of his mind. Such a person cannot be a success. If you want to use your full amount of steam.

If the gun goes off when you want it to. who eat stimulating food. Just as it is impossible for a steam engine to run with all its valves open. terrifies or emotionalizes. They allow their energy to . vehement and emotional. The sole purpose of the volitional faculties is to move the physical mechanism as the energy travels along the wires of nerves and muscles. thoughts. sometimes they have plenty. weakens the power of concentration. Just for that reason. if you throw a voluntary control over these messages. wilful. so is it impossible for you to waste your energy and run at your top speed. he does not develop those finer qualities that a real gentleman possesses. lack the power to concentrate. This is why all kind of excitement is bad. But those whose actions are slower and directed by their intelligence develop concentration. impulses. confuses. who fight. This is why an irritable person is never magnetic. stimulates the senses. The best way to understand it is to compare it with the discharge of a gun. he is not influential or successful. but it is also likely to do some damage. and each one of these has a center where life and energy are stored up and generated. because he uses up his nerve forces and his vital energies. your thoughts and motions. who allow themselves to get into fits of temper. hands and nerves. other times very little. When the mind can properly concentrate. who are sudden. excitable persons can concentrate. are kept in cheek by a conservative. If this energy is not wasted but conserved and controlled. Any exercise or work that excites the mind. the result will be magnetism. That is just what most persons do. ligaments. The person that allows himself to get excited will become nervous in time. it is easily excited. all the energy of every microscopic cell is directed into one channel and then there is a powerful personal influence generated. each one is pulsating an intelligent force of some kind. and when this force. who sing and dance and thus develop their emotions. physical movements and over these physical instruments you develop your faculties of self-mastery and to the extent you succeed here in proportion will you develop the power of concentration. Anger. calls the emotions and appetites into action. he is never admired or loved.10 - . vitality and health. etc. The muscles.There is nothing that uses up nerve force so quickly as excitement. systematic and concentrated mind. The person that cannot control himself and keep from becoming excited cannot concentrate. are agents for carrying out the mandates of the mind. but if it goes off before you are ready for it. bones. but it is spasmodic.. it accomplishes the purpose. sarcasm and excitement weaken a person in this direction. Sometimes dogmatic. Each neuron in the gray layers of the brain is a psychic center of thought and action. Everyone possesses many millions of little trembling cells. emotions. feet. but when it is the opposite. erratic concentration instead of controlled and uniform concentration. This is the reason why persons who drink strong drinks. this person is influential. you will not only waste ammunition. easily wasted. Their energy works by spells.

just like the lens of the camera centralizes on a certain landscape. although that is no small matter. and play when you play. All work assists in development. not simply for the improvement of health. I am a firm believer in "work when you work.explode. The person that does not develop his engineering qualities will not accomplish much in life. If you form the habit of being on time one morning. more life. The engineer is the self-regulating. their magnetism and so injure their chance of success." When you give yourself up to pleasure you can develop concentration by thinking of nothing else but pleasure. or they will not go very far. and to keep them up for some time. When you see that you are at your place of business at a certain time each morning you are developing steadiness of habit and becoming systematic. They must from morning to night train the mind to be steady. If you hold your mind on some chosen object. The lower area of the brain is the store house of the energy.. and act accordingly. and still later the following one. When you are uncertain whether you should do something or not.11 - . All work assists in development. when your mind dwells on love. because you cannot be systematic without concentrating on what you are doing. etc. you develop concentration and a higher opinion of yourself. The good engineer controls his every act. directing power. but they must also have the engineer. and regulate their emotions and movements. When you concentrate your mind on the "you" or real self. just think whether by doing it you will grow or deteriorate. studying vegetation. Most all persons have all the dynamic energy they need if they would concentrate it. but whenever you fix your mind on a certain thought and hold your mind on it at successive intervals. By what you do you either advance or degenerate. for unless you do your improvement will be very slow. They waste their power. but also for the purpose of developing more power. trees. When you walk out into the country and inhale the fresh air. you are not developing concentration. By doing this systematically. you develop much power. and its wonderful possibilities. Such persons are never well liked and never will be until they gain control over themselves. a little late the next. Therefore always hold your mind on what you are doing. Practice inhaling long. and direct and keep the energies at work. erratic thoughts. think of nothing but this and you will find you can develop a more intense love than you ever had before. no matter what it is. deep breaths. thus not only wasting it but endangering others. It will be necessary for them to practice many different kinds of concentration exercises. They must completely overcome their sudden. . more love. you develop concentration. you centralize your attention. They have the machine. This is a good idea to keep always in mind. you are concentrating. Keep a careful watch over yourself.

The hand quickly shows when love is being aroused. When you shake hands with some one just think of your hand as containing hundreds of individual minds. evil thoughts and feeling is erratic. the person has little love in his nature. life loses its charm. the mind becomes unsteady and not fit for concentration. fingers. It is much easier to talk than it is to listen. A person that loves his kind reflects love. but let your nerves get out of order and your mind will become erratic and you will not possess the power of direction. in other words. When you steady your nerves and muscles. or read their biographies. Watch how you breathe when you feel in love . The slow. ears and fingers. They steady the circulation. When you allow yourself to become irritable. you will find that they usually let the others do the talking. each having an intelligence of its own. You will develop much quicker if you thoroughly realize this. Watch how you breathe when you are happy. Everyone is continually receiving impulses that must be directed and controlled if one is to lead a successful life. Each of these contain miniature minds that are controlled by the master engineer. That is the reason why a person must control the movements of his eyes.. Therefore you understand how important exercises that steady the nerves and muscles are in developing concentration. prolonged exhalations are of wonderful value. The person with a bad nature. When you put this feeling into your hand shake it shows personality. is concentration. lack of force and power of personality. their clasps are never light. which.12 - . freakish and fitful. but you must not forget that the mind is associated with muscle and nerve. muscles and nerves of the mind. no passion and no magnetism. you will find that the nature is also. it denotes timidity. There is no better exercise for concentration than to pay close attention when some one is talking. deep. this is another reason why it is important to control his breathing. When you shake hands in a listless way. If you have ever associated with big men. but a person that hates reflects hate. a hateful disposition. and when the lung action is uneven. feet. watch how you breathe and you will learn a valuable lesson. Watch your breathing when you harbor hate. Besides learning from what they have to say. This is why controlled breathing is very important as a foundation for physical health. you may develop both mental and physical concentration. When the hand grip is very weak and stiff. When two developed souls shake hands. When there is no love. the heart action. the circulation is not regular. Love arouses the opposite currents of the positive and negative natures. etc. There is a thrill that goes through both when the two currents meet. you steady your mind. If the heart flutters. When the hand shake is just the opposite. The loveless person is non-magnetic and he shows that he is by his non-magnetic hand shake. You must not only concentrate your mind.You may think it foolish to try to develop concentration by taking muscular exercises. but also the action of the eyes. This is why you should study the art of hand shaking and develop your social affections.

So arouse your love affections by your will and enter into a fuller life. When you meet people of some consequence. and you will improve your power of concentration. when we study his actions. but this does not say they are able to concentrate. quit it until you grow strong in the power of concentration. The hand of love always magnetizes. These people are indolent. Because actions are the expressions of the mind. nervous or weak. Watch both them and yourself. If you are in the habit of associating with nervous. stand squarely on your feet with your chest up and inhale deeply and you will see that your irritability will disappear and a silent calm will pass over you. Love can be concentrated in your hand shake. you have no sentiment. If you want to get more out of life you must think more of love. we are studying his mind. you will steady your mind and you will develop your power of concentration and become magnetic and powerful. help you to steady your mind. Love develops a person. but it must be steady and controlled. Static exercises develop the motor faculties and increase the power of concentration. physically. fingers. mentally and socially. angry. Unless you have real affection for something. When filled with good thoughts.with the whole world and noble emotions thrill you. If you find you are commencing to speak fast. eyes. Concentration means control of the mind and body. its actions are the same. Do this at all times. unsteady. When it is composed. because irritable. Breathe deeply when you are happy and you will gain life and strength.13 - . your mind is steady. fretful. and this is one of the best ways to influence another. slow and listless. no magnetism. If you feel yourself getting irritable. They are steady. because they . Keep from either raising or lowering your voice and concentrate on the fact that you are determined to keep your poise. when your eye is steady. for. This is a very good exercise in self-control. dogmatic and disagreeable people will weaken what powers of resistance you have. It will help you to keep patient if you will breathe slowly and deeply. feet. If it is uneasy. Any exercises that give you better control of the ears. use your will and be patient. patient and seemingly have good control. inactive. erratic. As the mind is. assume a reposeful attitude before them. the mind is composed. so is the action. One of the best ways to study a person is to watch his physical movements. no sweetness. You cannot secure control over one without the other. just control yourself and speak slowly and clearly. Many people who seem to lack ambition have sluggish minds. you breathe a plentiful supply of oxygen into your lungs and love fills your soul. restless. The next time you feel yourself becoming irritable. irritable people.

And." But the man that is determined to get that thing inquires if he doesn't know where he can get it. make a mental picture of what you want and set your will to this until it materializes. both mental and physical. If a person does not have energy. LESSON III HOW TO GAIN WHAT YOU WANT THROUGH CONCENTRATION The ignorant person may say. they do not lose control because they have little force to control. Their actions are steady because they possess little energy. But whether it is. as stated before. Know what you want to do. when you learn to control the body. Every desire can be gratified. For. If he has energy which he cannot direct and hold to a point he must learn to do so. Merely wishing for something will not bring it. thoughts and physical movements are well under his control. The clerk says. but feel when they start they are going to fail and usually they do. as we are not living in a "fairy age. but. So never merely wish. The natural person is internally strong. We hear so much talk about the benefit of physical culture. and you can accomplish what you . A man may be very capable. Be careful of your desires.14 - . Feel that you can accomplish anything you undertake. They have no temper and it therefore cannot disturb them. but the real benefit of this is really lost sight of. you are gaining control over the mind.lack energy." You use up just as much brain force in "vain imaginings" as you do when you think of something worth while. force and strength. and strive with all your might to do it. Wishing you had something shows a weakness and not a belief that you will really get it. we have not it. Never allow yourself to drift without helm or rudder. will depend upon you concentrating to have that desire fulfilled. I will give an illustration. your soul is a center of all-power. but his energy. he must develop it. and you will succeed. unless he Wills to control his abilities. they will not do him any good. Many undertake to do things. "I am sorry. A man goes to a store for an article. That is the whole secret of concentrating on getting what you want. Again receiving an unsatisfactory answer the determined buyer consults the manager and finally he finds where the article can be bought. energetic and forceful. There is nothing that holds the faculties at work in a sustained and continuous manner as static exercises do. "How can you get anything by merely wanting it? I say that through concentration you can get anything you want. remember.

This interior reliance is all sufficient. though the whole world thinks it to be wrong. You must. Note: Success today depends largely on concentrating on the Interior law of force. Through the Indestructible and Unconquerable Law you can in time accomplish all right things and therefore do not be afraid to undertake whatever you really desire to accomplish and are willing to pay for in effort. Just say: You can. "Power to him who power exerts. You have the latent faculties and forces to subdue anything that tries to interfere with your plans. which. Until you are able to do this you have not reached your limit in the use of your forces. I want you to keep this thought in your mind. Concentrate on doing something really worth while. Just realize this and the rest is easy. He concentrated on becoming president of that bank.15 - . The right must prevail. My soul is unconquerable. Don't say I wish I was a great man. His father told him never to tell anyone what that "P" stood for.will to. and the organism that represents you is able to conquer the whole world if your cause is absolutely just. Don't waste your mental powers in wishes. He said. that `P' is a reminder that some day you are to be the president of your bank. A good deal of fun was made of it by his associates. I represent the Infinite law of force. or of all power. The more difficulties the greater its triumphs through me. His father had a button made for him with a "P" on it and put it on his coat. And they tried to find out what it stood for. what did you do today?" In this way the thought was always kept in mind. Don't dissipate your energies by trying to satisfy every whim. insures permanent results. The man that sticks to something is not the man that fails. "Son. when used in business. I demand .Emerson. This great universe is interwoven with myriads of forces. "God and one are always a majority. and whether it is important depends upon you. The harder my trials. If something is right it is your duty to do it." or in plain words. That which is necessary will inevitably take place. for when you do this you awaken those thought powers or forces. You make your own place. He started there as a messenger boy. Let all else fail me. Anything that is right is possible. but they never did until he was made president and then he told the secret. This God within is my all sufficient strength and ever present help in time of trouble. Every day do something that will put you nearer your goal. You will. and he did." Each night after supper he would say. that omnipotent interior law which is God." -. "I'll find a way or make one!" is the spirit that wins. You can do anything that is proper and you want to do. the faster I go in the development of my inherent strength. "Son. I know a man that is now head of a large bank. "Let the troubles and responsibilities of life come thick and fast. I am ready for them.

Your thoughts make you what you are. some good. I now draw nearer to it. A thought of fear has turned a person's hair gray in a night. The cut made was very slight. The next morning he was dead through mental fear. He consented. and the prisoner thought the dropping he heard was really coming from his leg. The understanding of the power of thought will awaken possibilities within you that you never dreamed of. despondency. The desire to do right carries with it a great power. Evil thoughts are destructive. They wanted to see how much blood a person could lose and still live. Through concentrated thought power you can make yourself whatever you please. Is this not a practical lesson to learn? Good thoughts are constructive. My higher self is all wise. To thoroughly realize the power of thought is worth a great deal to you. and as your thoughts change these will also. Never forget that your thoughts are making your environment. The two above illustrations will give you a little idea of the power of thought. In looking in those faces I cannot help thinking how most of the people you see have wasted their lives. and how to make them valuable. You are surrounded by all kinds of thoughts.wisdom and power to know and follow the right. your friends. If you will study the needless moods of anxiety. . I want you to thoroughly realize the importance of your thoughts. to understand that your thoughts come to you over invisible wires and influence you. others bad. from which practically no blood escaped. It all shows in their faces. A prisoner condemned to die was told that if he would consent to an experiment and lived through it he would be freed.16 - . you will realize how important the control of your thoughts are. and you are sure to absorb some of the latter if you do not build up a positive mental attitude. When I walk along the street and study the different people's faces I can tell how they spent their lives. They arranged that blood would apparently drop from a cut made in his leg. discouragement and others that are the result of uncontrolled thoughts. By thought you can greatly increase your efficiency and strength. The room was darkened. worry. THE SILENT FORCE THAT PRODUCES RESULTS IN ALL BUSINESS I want you first to realize how powerful thought is." LESSON IV CONCENTRATION. just like a mirror reflects their physical countenances.

accomplish infinitely more and without a great effort. If your thoughts are right kind. "Have no dealings with him. You will soon learn the wonderful value of your thoughts and how serene you can become even when circumstances are the most trying." You have concentrated within powers that if developed will bring you happiness greater than you can even imagine. Therefore be careful of your thoughts. as it withdraws the attention to the external and therefore is hardly to be compared with that deep silence of the subconscious mind. These forces work silently. It is necessary to be silent before you can speak wisely. The chances are you cannot tell why. Look within yourself and you will find the greatest machine ever made. As you gain the good will of others your confidence and strength will increase. How to Speak Wisely. You can now see why it is so important to concentrate your thoughts in the proper channels. but something tells you. where deep thoughts. If your thoughts are tricky. literally driving away the very things they seek.17 - . Speech interferes with the focusing powers of the mind. Your life will be molded by the thoughts you have. When two people meet they have not the time to look each other up.If your thoughts are of a high nature. The sun's rays shine down on our gardens. There are invisible forces ready to help you if you do not think and act to intercept these. You meet a person and his attitude creates a suspicion in you. In order to speak wisely you must secure at least a partial concentration of the faculties and forces upon the subject at hand. and the silent forces of high potency are evolved. Such thoughts of Right and Good Will bring you into harmony with people that amount to something in the world and that are able to give you help if you should need it. "You reap what you sow. Most people go rushing through life. A spiritual power is always available to your thought. as nearly everyone does at times. and when you are worthy you can attract all the good things without a great effort on your part. who will try to cheat you." Thoughts produce actions. for if you do. you will be sorry. you will inspire confidence in those with whom you are dealing. you become connected with people of the same mental caliber and you are able to help yourself. It is very necessary that people should have confidence in you. They accept each other according to instinct which can usually be relied on. you will bring tricky people to deal with you. but we can plant trees that will interfere with the sun light. The person that is really alert and well poised and able to speak wisely under trying . By concentration you can revolutionize your life.

In the next chapter I will tell you of the mysterious law. This power will never leave you. I will be true to my higher self. The power to rule lies within you. Success is the result of certain moods of mind or ways of thinking. and chooses for us companionship and friends. is the person that has practiced in the silence. The power to rule and attract success is within yourself. You have unlimited power to think and this is the link that connects you with your omniscient source. Most people do not know what the silence is and think it is easy to go into the silence. I realize that it is to my self interest to live up to my best. Success is the result of the way you think. or beyond the vibratory sounds to which our external ears are attuned.18 - . The barriers that shut these off from you are subject to your control. I will live true to my conception of what is right. but will keep urging you on until you reach perfection. by the powers of co operative thought. Hold the thought: In silence I will allow my higher self to have complete control. At the same time that you break down barriers of limitation new ambitions will be awakened. but this is not so. You have been evolved to what you are from a lowly atom because you possessed the power to think. I demand wisdom so that I may act wisely for myself and others. I will show you how to think to be successful. Concentrated thought will accomplish seemingly impossible results and make you realize your fondest ambitions. You begin to experience conscious thought constructions. . The barriers that keep you from ruling are also within you. you create new desires and these can be gratified. These are the barriers of ignorance. In the real silence we become attached to that interior law and the forces become silent. because they are in a state of high potency. LESSON V HOW CONCENTRATED THOUGHT LINKS ALL HUMANITY TOGETHER It is within your power to gratify your every wish. These moods can be controlled by you and produced at will. You can only do this by persistently and intelligently practicing thought concentration. As you evolve.circumstances. He who desires to become above the ordinary should open up for himself the interior channels which lead to the absolute law of the omnipotent. which links all humanity together.

and. It is a waste of time to do anything else. providing you want what is right. It is a question to be decided by your will. Never stop to think of temporary appearances.19 - . The main thing for you to remember is to keep at bay the destructive and opposing forces of fear and anger and their satellites. and you become the master of circumstances and the ruler of your kingdom. and see that they are not contrary to the tides of universal justice. In the place of these you will build up a strong assurance that your every venture will be successful. "Where There Is A Will There Is A Way. you are in opposition to the omnipotent plans of the universe and deserve to fail. but the results will be temporary. Plans that are not built on truth produce discordant vibrations and are therefore self-destructive. You may temporarily put aside your desire to do right. Make your plans carefully. you avail yourself of the helpful powers of universal currents. There are no walls to prevent you from getting what you want. When you learn thus how to concentrate and reinforce your thought.If you will just realize that through deep concentration you become linked with thoughts of omnipotence. but maintain an unfaltering belief in your ultimate success. though temporarily they may fail. in time. and instead of having a handicap to work against." The reason this is so is that the Will can make a way if given the chance to secure the assistance of aiding forces. you will kill out entirely your belief in your limitations and at the same time will drive away all fear and other negative and destructive thought forces which constantly work against you. though the outward appearances may not at first be bright. There is no power so great as the belief which comes from the knowledge that your thought is in harmony with the divine laws of thought and the sincere conviction that your cause is right. you will have to tear down your thought edifice and build on the true foundation of Right. you control your mental creations. So if you should face the time when everything seems against you. quiet your fears. But. they in turn help to mould your physical environment. if you will base your desires on justice and good will. The more it is developed the higher the way to which it will lead. All just causes succeed in time. but its true vibrations will interfere with your unjust plans until you are forced back into righteous paths of power. You may be able seemingly to accomplish results for a time even if your cause is unjust. . can depend upon ultimate success. Never try to build until you can build right. drive away all destructive thoughts and uphold the dignity of your moral and spiritual life. If you choose something that is not right. It is just as easy to surround your life with what you want as it is with what you don't want.

" Soon you will have more courage. hope for it. Success. you may think this is all foolishness. The only difference between the fearless man and the fearful one is in his will. you are thinking in the channels you have previously constructed and the work does not have to be done over again. angry. their anxieties. If you get anxious. expectation. ambition. When you are actually engaged in doing something. discouraged. Everything we do. . his hope. it is because you are not receiving the co-operation of the higher powers of your mind. claim it. The following method may assist you in gaining better thought control. just say to your faulty determination. That is why it is so important to form thoughts of a success nature to attract similar ones. "Be faithful in sowing the thought seeds of success. understanding. I am surrounded by invisible forces that will assist me to remove the unfavorable appearances.When everything looks gloomy and discouraging. you will make more progress with less effort than you ever made before. imagination. So if you lack success." It is not always necessary to think of the success of a venture when you are actually engaged in it.20 - . By your Will you can so organize the powers of the mind that your moods change only as you want them to instead of as circumstances affect you. for I am not really alone. When you are in a negative mood the intuitions are more active. For when the body is inactive the mind is most free to catch new ideas that will further the opportunity you are seeking. When you learn to believe more in the value of thought and its laws you will be led aright and your business gains will multiply. trust and assurance. but it is a fact that there are thought currents that unerringly bring thoughts of a similar nature. There are forces that can aid the mind that are hardly dreamed of by the average person. When you are in a negative mood you attract thoughts of similar nature through the law of affinity. then is the time to show what you are made of by rejoicing that you can control your moods by making them as calm. If you have never made a study of this subject. When you once learn the laws of thought and think of nothing but Good. their over activity. undecided or worried. believe in it. If you are unable to control your fears. These thoughts are bound to bring failure. "Do not falter or be afraid. in perfect trust that the sun will not cease to shine and bring a generous harvest in one season. should have the approval of the intuition. Truth. Many persons who think of failure actually attract failure by their worries. serene and bright as if prosperity were yours. You can use the same method to brace up your thoughts of desire. aspiration. for you are not then controlling your thoughts by the will.

and you therefore will not be really conscious of your actions. This is because they do not observe with sufficient orderliness and accuracy to know what they are doing. It is not difficult to know what you us doing all the time. Today the safe maxim is: "All things are possible. He does not have time to think over past mistakes. it will be likely to get into mischief and make it hard to concentrate on the important act when it comes." The Will To Do is a force that is strictly practical. The idea is to be able to control your unimportant acts. Your faculties cannot be disorganized one minute and organized the next. Time does not drag with him. when in practice think of nothing else but that act at the time. So practice accuracy and concentration of thought. like an electric current. If you allow yourself to worry or hurry in what you are doing. and also absolute truthfulness and you will soon be able to concentrate. because your faculties have not been in the habit of concentrating. and decisive. yet it is difficult to explain just what it is." Note: The will does not act with clearness. If despite our discouragement and failures. There are comparatively few that really know what they are doing every minute of the day. The man that is able to concentrate is the happy. promptly. otherwise you set up a habit that it will be hard to overcome." will permeate our lives until we enter into our "birthright in eternity. which would make him unhappy.I was recently asked if I advised concentrating on what you eat.21 - . this will not be clearly photographed upon the sensitized plate of the subjective mind. if you will just practice concentration and with a reposeful deliberation. decision and promptness unless it is trained to do so. busy man. we claim our great heritage. If you allow the mind to wander while you are doing small things. It can be compared to electricity because we know it only through its . or what you see while walking. The things that we do now would have been a few ages ago impossibilities. He always has plenty to do. and train yourself to think clearly. My reply was that no matter what you may be doing. LESSON VI THE TRAINING OF THE WILL TO DO The Will To Do is the greatest power in the world that is concerned with human accomplishment and no one can in advance determine its limits. "life and truth and force.

22 - . In this way eradicate your faults. You probably know of cases where people have shown wonderful strength under some excitement. all activities. What you will to do directs your life forces. but those who do easily crush out their weak qualities. crush all obstacles that confront you and secure possession of the coveted Good. if it is a righteous desire." It is the inner energy which controls all conscious acts. on the other hand. your Will Power becomes a mighty force. You can Will to do anything whether it is right or wrong. good or bad. You improve or lower your condition in life by what you will to do. all accomplishment. If it is not. Slowness in Making Decisions. use your Will Power to kill out the desire. This is a weakness of Will Power. The vast majority of persons are failures because of the lack of deciding to do a thing .cause and effects. Genius Is But A Will To Do Little Things With Infinite Pains. She was a frail woman. It is a power we can direct and to just the extent we direct it do we determine our future. summon all your Will Power to your aid. You know you should do something. Every person possesses some "Will To Do. The Will accomplishes its greater results through activities that grow out of great concentration in acquiring the power of voluntary attention to such an extent that we can direct it where we will and hold it steadily to its task until our aim is accomplished. Now think whether this would be good for you. and ordinarily was considered weak. It is easier not to do a certain thing than to do it. Rules for Improvement. On this occasion she removed things from the house that it later took three men to handle. No one was around to help her move anything. Almost everything can be accomplished through its proper use. Study yourself carefully. Find out your greatest weakness and then use your will power to overcome it. but you delay doing it through lack of decision. but. There are very few that possess perfectly developed and balanced Will Power. Little Things Well Done Open The Door Of Opportunity For Bigger Things. Every time you accomplish any definite act. and therefore the way you use your will makes a big difference in your life. consciously or unconsciously. It is greater than physical force because it can be used to control not only physical but mental and moral forces. similar to the following: The house of a farmer's wife caught on fire. but conscience says to do it. one by one. It was the "Will To Do" that she used to accomplish her task. are the result of what you will to do. until you have built up a strong character and personality. When you learn so to use it. you use the principle of the Will. A desire arises. Your will has a connection with all avenues of knowledge. All habits.

An excellent motto for one of pure motives is: Through my will power I dare do what I want to. thereby dissipating it to such an extent that its effect is lost. For the next week try to make quicker decisions in your little daily affairs." You must select . You Are as Good as Anyone. So use it to claim your own. Anything that you should accomplish. Set the hour you wish to get up and arise exactly at the fixed time. but by making quick decisions on little things you will acquire the ability to make quick decisions in bigger things. so I can only say "analyze your opportunities and conditions and study your natural abilities. do on or ahead of time. Day after day they go through the same monotonous round of duties. wealth and health. Very often we hear the expression. Practice this for a week or two and notice your improvement. too. and you will soon note astonishing results. if they had persevered a little longer.23 - . This power of will can be used to bring culture. Some Special Pointers. but he lacks initiative." but carry your plan into execution. "I am going to do so and so. and your whole life will be completely changed." Form plans for improvement and then put them into operation.when it should be done. We have to fight our own battles. The Spirit of Perseverance. This. of course. Don't depend on anyone else to help you. which is only the Will To Do. whereas. Don't make an indefinite plan. Put these suggestions into practice with true earnestness. they would have won out. to give due deliberation to weighty matters. You have will power. and if you use it. they diffuse it through several. don't just say. Many have much initiative." Life for them is one continuous grind. You want. All the world loves a fighter. "He seems clever enough. this power to think and do for ourselves. You will find this affirmation has a very strengthening effect. you will get your share of the luxuries of life. Decide quickly one way or the other even at the risk of deciding wrong. keeps many men from succeeding. but a definite one. before starting anything you must look ahead and see what the "finish leads to. while those that are "getting along" are using their initiative to get greater fullness of life. Many go just so far and then give up. The Lack of Initiative. Now. Those that are successful have been quick to grasp opportunities by making a quick decision. and when you start out to do something stick to it until you get results. There is nothing so responsible for poverty as this lack of initiative. Develop more determination. Every person's problems are different. Of course. and then don't give up until your object has been accomplished. The spirit of "sticktoitiveness" is the one that wins. Never procrastinate. as I said before. They have fallen into the way of imitating others in all that they do. but instead of concentrating it into one channel. while the coward is despised by all.

It should be said that they use their will power while with many it is a latent force. and remember the way in which you use it determines your fate. Just the instant you notice your determination beginning to weaken. So never think of that person as having a stronger will than yours. "I give up. To count backwards requires concentration. In this way you can break the "temper habit. Persevere until you see yourself as others see you." rather than "nowhere." Never try to make a decision when you are not in a calm state of mind. There is plenty for all. Every time you allow your determination to be broken you weaken it." The journey must be productive of some kind of substantial results.a road that will lead to "somewhere. I want you to realize that no one has a monopoly on will power. but allows his resolutions to be changed by others. It would do no harm to write the scene out in story form and then sit in judgment of the character that played your part. This is a form of mental energy. We hear of people having wonderful will power. but requires the proper mental attitude to make it manifest. It is more important to learn to use your will than to develop your intellect. The man that has not learned how to use his will rarely decides things for himself. and your determination is gone. for your life is moulded to great extent by the use you make of your will." you are likely to say things you afterwards regret. If in a "quick temper. . You are unable to control yourself and become a mere machine for others to use. No one can expect to achieve success if he makes decisions when not in full control of his mental forces. You don't have to develop will power if you constantly make use of all you have." Just the moment you say the latter you shut off your dynamo. The trouble with so many young men is that they launch enterprises without any end in sight. the concentration power at one point. Lack of Perseverance is nothing but the lack of the Will To Do. In anger. while his brother with the trained will takes his place among the world's leaders. He fluctuates from one opinion to another." as to say. which really is wrong. and of course does not accomplish anything out of the ordinary.24 - . Each person will be supplied with just that amount of will power that he demands." you can quickly gain control over it by simple rule of counting backwards." It will do you a lot of good to think over what you said and thought the last time you were angry. Special Instructions to Develop the Will To Do. Don't forget this. It takes the same energy to say. Unless you make proper use of it you have neither independence nor firmness. Therefore make it a fixed rule to make decisions only when at your best. "I will continue. Each little move should bring you nearer the goal which you planned to reach before the enterprise began. and you thus quickly regain a calm state. If you have a "quick temper. It is not so much the start as the finish of a journey that counts. What we speak of as will power is but the gathering together of mental energy. concentrate on it and by sheer Will Power make it continue on the "job. you follow impulse rather than reason.

like all other forces. When you practice this singleness of concentration until you attain the end sought. but they won their success by their resolution to achieve results in their undertakings by permitting no set-back to dishearten them.LESSON VII THE CONCENTRATED MENTAL DEMAND The Mental Demand is the potent force in achievement. It is then keyed up to its maximum speed. The more we become acquainted with it the better strategists we become. Nothing could turn them or influence them against their determination. but the one that can put forth the greatest desire force. be wonderfully increased by consecutive. You can best understand this by thinking of an engine. In all of us there is this silent force of wonderful power. You can so intently desire a thing that you can exclude all distracting thoughts. the . is controlled by laws. They never lost sight of their goal. you have developed a Will capable of accomplishing whatever you wish. So. There is wonderful power and possibility in the concentrated Mental Demand.25 - . and put forth your best effort. yet he gets the laurels. no difficulties to daunt them. and that is what I want to teach you. you must accomplish something more than the ordinary man or woman. The same is true of two runners. nor at the start did they seem very well adapted to the conditions which encompassed them. it can overcome conditions that would seem insurmountable. The men that are looked upon as the world's successes have not always been men of great physical power. determines action. As long as you can only do the ordinary things you will be counted in the mass of mediocrity. It can. like all other forces. In the beginning they were not considered men of superior genius. They start off together and gradually they increase their desire to go faster. changes our physical condition and regulates our lives. the engineer gradually extending the throttle to the top notch. This. It is not the runner with the longest legs or the strongest muscles that wins the race. The attitude of the mind affects the expression of the face. if you wish to emerge into prominence. you are classed as one of life's successes. I will not here attempt to explain the silent force that achieves results. It is easy to do this if you will but concentrate on what you desire. It is constantly urging us on to greater achievement. If developed. You want to develop your mental powers so you can effect the thing sought. systematized effort. But just as quick as you surpass others by even comparatively small measure. The one that has the greatest intensity of desire will win. He may outdistance the other by only a fraction of an inch. The mental demand must be directed by every power of the mind and every possible element should be used to make the demand materialize. The engine starts up slowly.

It is possible to make your demand so strong that you can impart what you have to say to another without speaking to him. perseverance and all the indomitable forces within one will have to be mustered and used with the greatest effectiveness. Few realize the power of a Mental Demand.26 - . after planning to discuss a certain matter with a friend. You have a large store house of possibilities. The person that never wants anything gets little. Every time you make a Mental Demand you strengthen the brain centers by drawing to you external forces. No one can use it for you. Once this has been formed it should never be allowed to cease to press its claim until its object is attained. too. made a suggestion to a friend that he carried out before your letter reached him? Have you ever wanted to speak to a person who. These two things are neither coincidences nor accidents. It selects the tools and instructs how to use them. But without the consciousness of this inner force. The Mental Demand is not a visionary one. To demand resolutely is the first step toward getting what you want. which you can use freely without cost. I have had many such responses to thought and you and your friends have doubtless experienced them. To make plans work out it will. When you are in fear it will give you courage. To quit short of this is to weaken all future efforts. It is the mental resolve that makes achievement possible. It requires you to concentrate your thoughts upon your undertaking and bring every energy to bear upon keeping them focused upon it until you have accomplished your aim. It makes you understand the situation. It will guide you when you are uncertain. had the experience of having him broach the subject before you had a chance to speak of it? Have you ever. but it is the mightiest power in the world. The Mental Demand seems an unreal power because it is intangible. Patience. When you are in doubt it will counsel you. . you will not have a clear vision. Perseverance is the first element of success. Have you ever. at times.more courage we develop and the greater the desire within us for self-expression in activity along many lines. be necessary to use every power of your mind. It is a power that is free for you to use. and external conditions will not yield to the power of your mind. It is the motive power which supplies the energies necessary to the achievement of the purpose. No one will ever be a failure if he becomes conscious of this silent force within that controls his destiny. in a letter. The Mental Demand makes possibilities realities. but are the results of mental demand launched by strong concentration. just then walked in or telephoned. In order to persevere you must be ceaseless in your application. It supplies everything necessary for the accomplishment. It is a potent force.

Note: Get the right mental attitude. Once the Mental Demand is made. If you do the current that connects you with your desire is broken. Take all the necessary time to build a firm foundation. And every man of AVERAGE ability. can be really successful. the ordinary man that you see about you. If you want a great deal you must demand a great deal. if he can manage to do just two things. Once you make your demand. I want to repeat again that Power of Mental Demand is not a visionary one. but requires a development of the brain centers. HIS OWN MASTER. independent. remain forever dissatisfied with what he IS doing and with what he HAS accomplished. Just the moment you entertain "doubt" you lose some of the demand force. It is concentrated power only. after months and years of discouragement. If you have not become aware of it. We are rewarded according to our efforts. Build up in his mind the confidence that enables the mind to use its power. suddenly conceive and carry out a . then in accordance with your ability you can gain success. the supply illimitable. Many. First.The power of the Mental Demand seems absolute. We become what we determine to be. of dull plodding. especially the older men.27 - . It depends upon us. The Power of Mental Demand can bring us what we want. until he recognizes this force within him. It is this "something" that distinguishes that "man" from other men. never let it falter. It is this subtle power that develops strong personality. We control our own destiny. free of worry. It is not supernatural power. The outcome is sure when it is given with a strong resolute determination. anticipate its fulfillment. will ask: "How can I build up that self-confidence in my brain? How can I. The mental demand projects itself and causes to materialize the conditions and opportunities needed to accomplish the purpose. so that there need not be even an element of doubt to creep in. you have not made very much of a success of your life. It brings the fuller life if used for only righteous purposes. Second. however. and can be used by you. No person will advance to any great extent. develop in his mind a belief that the word impossible was not intended or him. Do not think I over estimate the value of the Mental Demand. So whenever you make a mental demand hold steadfastly to it until your need is supplied. and force once lost is hard to regain.

who wrote and compiled the great French dictionary -. Littre BEGAN the work that makes him famous when he was more than sixty years old.a monument of learning." and then hold this thought in mind and you will never lose your selfcontrol. LESSON VIII CONCENTRATION GIVES MENTAL POISE You will find that the man that concentrates is well poised. Think of yourself thus as a child of the infinite. until you are at peace with all the world. possessing infinite possibilities. whereas the man that allows his mind to wander is easily upset. and millions have done it. acting peace. For when once you have reached this state there will be no trouble to concentrate on anything you wish. as a manifestation of the "One Universal Principle" that fills all space and time.28 - . There must be mental quiet before the two consciousnesses can work in harmony. So keep thinking peace. Just the second you feel your poise slipping. "Peace. You cast aside all fears. One of the names most honored among the great men of France is that of Littre. or rigid and you will not allow any disturbing thought to influence you.plan for doing something that will mike life worth while and change the monotonous routine? "How can a man get out of a rut after he has been in it for years and has settled down to the slow jog-trot that leads to the grave?" The answer is the thing can be done. form the habit of reading literature that has a quieting power. There cannot be perfect concentration until there is peace of mind. If you are in the habit of losing your poise. . When you have peace of mind you are not timid or anxious. when the latter was elected to the Academy. or fearful. and think of yourself as a spark of the Divine Being. When you are able to concentrate you have peace of mind. He is the man whose place among the forty immortals of France was taken by the great Pasteur. When in this state wisdom does not pass from the subconscious storehouse into the consciousness. say.

This is self-control. If they go to the theater they do not enjoy it because their business is on their minds. fretting and complaining. These should be cast aside and instead thoughts of strength should be put in their place. in some way you are making yourself so by thinking you are. you are in the habit of complaining. We will say for instance. Just watch yourself and see how much time you waste in worrying. and carry your business cares home. Just remember every time you think of yourself as being weak. you must concentrate. So never become so absorbed with anything that you cannot lay it aside and take up another. If you work you only see and remember what you think about.29 - . Just as sure as you do you will be burning the life forces at both ends and the fire will go out much sooner than was intended. Self-Study Valuable. This is the wrong kind of concentration and is dangerous. When you are unable to get anything out of your mind it becomes unwholesome as any thought held continuously causes weariness of the flesh. and you will find the thought will be of great help to you. instead of ruling it. or. but don't become a slave to concentration. In order to be successful today." Keep this mentally before you. Everything that passes before the eye makes an impression on the subconscious mind. When they go to bed they think about business instead of sleep and wonder why they don't sleep. It is a big mistake to let a thought rule you. or finding fault with yourself or others. If you start to think of failure. or that you cannot rely on yourself. The more of it you do the worse off you are. but unless you pay attention to some certain thing you will not remember what you saw. The Mistake of Concentrating on Your Business While Away. imagining that you do not possess the ability of others. If you cannot control your concentration. For instance if you walked down a busy street without seeing anything that attracted your particular attention.Write on a piece of paper. It is involuntary. He who does not rule himself is not a success. Concentration Is Paying Attention to a Chosen Thought. you could not recall anything you saw. "I have the power to do and to be whatever I wish to do and be. When you concentrate on something it absorbs your whole thought. Everyone has some habits that can be overcome by concentration. Our mental conditions make us what we are. or feeling that you are not as good as someone else. So you see only what attracts your attention. Just the minute you are aware of thinking a negative thought immediately change to a positive one. change to thinking of . your health will suffer. or harboring any similar thoughts or thoughts of weakness. Many men become so absorbed in their business that when they go to church they do not hear the preacher because their minds are on their business.

Cultivate it by concentration. But let him enter the room feeling that he was magnetic and concentrating on this thought. The Successful Lives Are the Concentrated Lives. If a person should enter a room with a lot of people and feel as if he were a person of no consequence no one would know he was there unless they saw him. When you concentrate on a certain thing you turn all the rays of your vibrations on this. a quitter or a sleeper. You may control your life and actions just as you can control your hands. Train yourself so you will be able to centralize your thought and develop your brain power. are those that were never able to concentrate. a drifter. This is the law. First they were enthusiastic themselves. The utterly helpless multitude that sooner or later have to be cared for by charity. Care for it the same as the setting hen broods over the eggs and you can make it a reality. they would not remember seeing him.Eustace Miller. for as I said before you can only make others feel what you feel. because they were not attracted towards him. "Think. You have the germ of success within you. and then they could arouse others' enthusiasm. All public men to be a success have to possess it. If you want to control your life you must first control your thinking. It is latent in everyone. D. speak and act just as you wish to be. The stronger the motive the greater the concentration. or centralize your . And you will be that which you wish to be. How can we secure concentration? To this question. the first and last answer must be: By interest and strong motive. If you will study all of the great characters of history you will find that they were enthusiastic. is it not? Yes it is. if you will but concentrate on what you think about. Cultivate the art of feeling. This is the keynote of success. You may fool others but not yourself. It all depends on how you concentrate. or you can be a slacker. Easy to do. For he only can That says he will. M.30 - . and even if they did. Then you are a power in the world. It is a wonderful force when once aroused. So remember the way you feel you can make others feel. and increase your mental energy. others would feel his vibration. Set aside some hour of the day.success. because you radiate vibrations of the way you feel and your vibrations are felt by others. wherein to hold rapt converse with the soul. and who have become the victims of negative ideas. Meditate with sincere desire and contrite heart and you will be able to accomplish that which you have meditated on." You are just what you think you are and not what you may appear to be. Make yourself a concentrated dynamo from which your thoughts vibrate to others. Thought is the directing power of all Life's vibrations. You can make those that you come in contact with feel as you do. -. If you want to raise your hand you must first think of raising it.

That is the law. it came to you. acquiring frame of mind. In tackling unfamiliar work make haste slowly and deliberately and then you will secure that interior activity. They are subject to our will. Note: If you want to accomplish anything first put yourself in a concentrating.thoughts. which is never possible when you are in a hurry or under a strain. A man starts to think on a certain subject. but by concentration he shuts out all these but the one he has chosen. Each has his mind set on getting to the goal before the others. You pick out the thoughts that will be the means of bringing you what you desire. if we are to win any success worth the name.31 - . you generally shut off the interior flow of thoughts and ideas. Don't forget this. When you "think hard" or try to hurry results too quickly. Because they sit down in hopeless despair and expect it to come to them. and they become a material reality. You must learn to overcome habits which are injurious to concentration. LESSON IX CONCENTRATION CAN OVERCOME BAD HABITS Habits make or break us to a far greater extent than we like to admit. from which we can get what we want. receptive. Through our concentration we can attract what we want. He has all kinds of thoughts come to him. Concentration is just a case of willing to do a certain thing and doing it. Why People Often Do Not Get What They Concentrate On. . We are what we are today as the result of internal conditions. but just as soon as you stopped trying to think of it. Your thinking then becomes a fixed power and you do not waste time thinking about something that would not be good for you. You have often no doubt tried hard to think of something but could not. and to cultivate those which increase it. We can control the external conditions. You have watched races no doubt. Habit is both a powerful enemy and wonderful ally of concentration. They all line up together. No one limits us but ourselves. reposeful. because we became in rapport with the Universal forces. In the old days men drifted without concentration but this is a day of efficiency and therefore all of our efforts must be concentrated. This is one kind of concentration. But if they will just reach out for it with their biggest effort they will find it is within their reach. Whatever we create in the thought world will some day materialize.

for our weal or woe. that is. and to every movement of theirs.practical. corresponds a movement in the brain." We are liable to be "bent" or "curved" as we can bend a piece of paper. But you can still break any habit by strong concentration on its opposite. The habits we have formed increase in strength. still they are immersed in matter. . "The intellect and will are spiritual functions." This is why habits of thought and habits of willing can be formed. Then all instead of the few might win success. because of the way they have been exercised. of service. you will have formed the habit of doing it that way. "imitators and copiers of our past selves. All physical impressions are the carrying out of the actions of the will and intellect. Very often. No one but yourself is responsible for your habits. How much happier everyone would be. and as it is just about as easy to form good habits as it is bad." We are creatures of habits.The large majority of people are controlled by their habits and are buffeted around by them like waves of the ocean tossing a piece of wood. and intellectual -. But the oftener you repeat it the stronger that habit grows and the more deeply it becomes embedded in your nature. They do things in a certain way because of the power of habit. the good habits you can make much better. so far as it has definite form.systematically organized. which makes it easier to make the fold there the next time. As we grow older most of us become more and more like automatic machines. They seldom ever think of concentrating on why they do them this or that way. in their material correlative. We work in our old characteristic way. You will find that by making a few needed changes you can make even those that are not good for you. if you repeat something several times in the same way. The first thing I want you to realize is that all habits are governed consciously or unconsciously by the will. Now my object in this chapter is to get you to concentrate on your habits so you can find out which are good and which are bad for you. You are free to form the habits that you should and if everyone could realize the importance of forming the right kind of habits what a different world this would be. After a habit has been in force for a long time.32 - . it becomes almost a part of you. you should form only the former. So you see that your habits make a great difference in your life. or study to see if they could do them in a better way. and each fold leaves a crease. Most of us are forming new habits all the time. Your associates learn to expect you to do things in a certain way. and bearing us irresistibly toward our destiny whatever the latter may be. emotional. Our nervous systems are what they are today. and is therefore hard to overcome. is but a mass of habits -. "All our life.

Fortify your will to be able to cope with any and all opposition. for you not only profit by the resolution. Make a new beginning today. There are two opposing inclinations. and the brain . Study why you have been doing certain things. through repetition. Every time you keep a resolution you break the chain that enslaves you." To make a resolve and not to keep it is of little value. and on every emotional prompting you may experience in the direction of the habits you aspire to gain." Here is the idea. "A tendency to act. but if we have already passed the youthful plastic period the time to start to control our habits is right now. First Maxim: "We must make our nervous system our ally instead of our enemy. Fourth Maxim: "Seize the very first possible opportunity to act on every resolution you make. and the other wants to give in. Third Maxim: "Never allow an exception to occur till the new habit is securely rooted in your life. shun them henceforth. Don't give in to a single temptation for every time you do.Habits are formed more quickly when we are young. has only good motives. so it is very important for you that you concentrate assiduously on the habits that reinforce good motives. One wants to be firm. as we will never be any younger. becomes effectively engrained in us in proportion to the uninterrupted frequency with which the actions actually occur. Surround yourself with every aid you can. Don't play with fire by forming bad habits." The man that is in the habit of doing the right thing from boyhood. you never want to give in.33 - . So by all means keep every resolution you make. until the new habit is fixed else you undo all that has been accomplished by previous efforts." Second Maxim: "In the acquisition of a new habit as in the leaving off of an old one. but it furnishes you with an exercise that causes the brain cells and physiological correlatives to form the habit of adjusting themselves to carry out resolutions. we must take care to launch ourselves with as strong and decided an initiative as possible. you strengthen the chain of bad habits. If they are not for your good. You will find the following maxims worth remembering. By your will you can become firm.

34 - . the habit of stopping and looking prevents us from being hurt." The young should be made to concentrate on their habits and be made to realize that if they don't they become walking bundles of injurious habits. Habits have often been called a labor-saving invention. Fifth Maxim: "Keep the faculty of effort alive in you by a little gratuitous exercise every day. When a resolve or a fine glow of feeling is allowed to evaporate without bearing fruit. "Habit is the deepest law of human nature. It is a well known fact that a chauffeur is not able to master his machine safely until he has trained his body in a habitual way." No man is stronger than his habits. The tax does him no good at the time. Where safety depends on quickness the operator must work automatically. The right kind of habits keeps us from making mistakes and mishaps." If you keep your resolutions you form a most valuable habit. The great value of habit for good and evil cannot be overestimated. For instance. Habits mean less risk. and greater accuracy. and remember it is just as important for this purpose to keep the unimportant. and possibly may never bring him a return. and should be utilized in laying the foundation for a glorious future. energetic volition. whether important or unimportant. and self-denial in unnecessary things. but if the fire does come. We walk across a crowded street. for if it were not for habit we should have to be more watchful. so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh. it may find you not unnerved or untrained to stand the test. less fatigue. Wagner required a certain costume before he could compose corresponding . So with the man who has daily insured himself to habits of concentrated attention. the better we can control our habits.`grows' to their use. "Every few days do something for no other reason than its difficulty. If you break them you form a most dangerous one." The more we exercise the will. Youth is the plastic state. it is worse than a chance lost. Why We Are Creatures of Habits. So concentrate on keeping them. The more deeply the habit becomes ingrained the more automatic it becomes. his having paid it will be his salvation from ruin. because his habits either build up his strength or decrease it. "You do not want to become a slave to habits of a trivial nature. for by so doing you are forming the habit. "He will stand like a tower when everything rocks around him and his softer fellow-mortals are winnowed like chaff in the blast. because when they are formed they require less of both mental and material strength. When an emergency comes he instantly knows what to do. Asceticism of this sort is like the insurance which a man pays on his house and goods. Therefore habit is an economizing tendency of our nature.

ready to manifest itself in the form which fills our need at the moment. Note: When life is stormy and all seems against us. and its accumulated circumstances as well. It never sleeps. "It is like a parasite that grows with the growth of the supporting body. So always remember you have within you unlimited power. . with all fierceness of resolve -. You must go into the encounter with all tenacity of determination. so persevering. when we think we are sinking. that we have to make a gigantic effort to think and speak as we should. for then it requires. when we have something difficult to solve. But it is when we are in the midst of trials and misfortunes. we can get the inspiration when it comes. it needs no rest. and it is then. being overwhelmed." In order to overcome undesirable habits. that is when we often acquire wrong habits. and even though we may feel the very reverse at that moment the tiniest effort will be backed up by a tremendous Power and will lift us to a realization never felt before. Then you must make a resolution to do just the opposite of what the habit is. No human enemy can be as insidious. It is not in the easy. we will find there is no need to hurry or disturb ourselves.yea. no special effort to keep in tune. If you have a strong will. two things are necessary. You must have trained your will to do what you want it to do. Schiller could never write with ease unless there were rotten apples in the drawer of his desk from which he could now and then obtain an odor which seemed to him sweet. there is nothing that can occur in life. that it is always wiser to wait for guidance from within.parts of his operas. you must grapple with the matter as earnestly as you would with a physical enemy. then it is important for us to realize that we are linked to a great Power and if we live as we should. and. even with a passion for success that may be called vindictive. Therefore one habit must replace another. it can best be killed by violent separation and crushing. I will bring this chapter to a close by giving Doctor Oppenheim's instructions for overcoming a habit: "If you want to abolish a habit. than to act on impulse from Without.35 - . you can tenaciously and persistently concentrate on removing the bad habit and in a very short time the good habit will gain the upper hand. Gladstone had different desks for his different activities. and the stronger the will the easier it will be to break a habit. nothing can happen that should disturb us. we would be silent like the child. contented moments of our life that we make our greatest progress. as unrelenting as an unfavorable habit. we will know how to act. like a parasite. If. which could permanently injure us. so that when he worked on Homer he never sat among habitual accompaniments of his legislative labors.

intense and sustained. It is not always possible to start a money-making business at the start. If you are working for someone else today and wish to start in a business for yourself. Therefore the more you accomplish today the more force you will have at your disposal with which to solve your problems tomorrow. You must use every mental force you can master.LESSON X BUSINESS RESULTS THROUGH CONCENTRATION A successful business is not usually the result of chance. broadened it may be. think over carefully what you would like to do. The person that does not carry his desires into action is only a dreamer.36 - . Every man who achieves success deserves it. Usually a number of changes have to be made. Desire is a great creative force. Of course back of your desire . and this developed his power of doing bigger things. They may have to be changed a little. another comes. Plans do not work out as their creators thought they would. But if you do not fulfill the first desire. if it is pure. You must concentrate on these details. others will require attention. Most failures could be determined in advance if the founders had been studied. It is our desires that keep stirring us up to action and they will strengthen and broaden you if you make them materialize. you will be drawn towards it. but he did each thing as it came up in the very best way that he could. We become masters of business by learning to do well whatever we attempt. It is then easy to apply the remedy. He knows what should be done in any given time and if it is not accomplished he knows that his employees are not turning out the work that they should. Neither is a failure the result of luck. There is a law that opens the way to the fulfillment of your desires. The skilled business director can sit in his private office and still know accurately what is actually being done. here and there. You must fill in the details as you go along. you will not the second. When he first started out he did not understand how to solve the problems that afterwards presented themselves. Business success depends on well-concentrated efforts. When you realize one desire. When you start a business you may have but a vague notion of the way you will conduct it. As you straighten out one after another. In this way you cover the field of "the first endeavor" and new opportunities open up for you. You gain an intense and sustained desire to make your business a success. The man that has a thorough knowledge of his business can of course direct it much more easily and skilfully than the man who lacks that knowledge. The more these are used the more they increase. Then when you have resolved what you want to do. and as you broaden your business you broaden your power to achieve.

to measure up to the best that is in them. Always keep a strong desire to succeed in your mind. direct your efforts with all your intelligence and in due time you will realize your ambition.37 - .you must put forward the necessary effort to carry out your purpose. is that of a good reputation. Uncertainties in the business world are meeting with more disfavor. Feel yourself a success. Set your heart on your purpose. It should be as good as anyone's else. Be in love with your aim and work. and not as one that is as changeable as the weather. you must use your power to put your desires into force. So if you wish to start in business for yourself your greatest asset. the attitude of expecting great things from both yourself and others. you will be subject to harassing doubts and fears which will render your judgment of little value. It alone will often cause men to make good. as far as possible. square with the rule of the greatest good to the greatest number and your life cannot be a failure. A successful business is not hard to build if we can concentrate all our mental forces upon it. The successful business attitude must be cultivated to make the most out of your life. concentrate your thought upon it. believe you are a success and thus put yourself in the attitude that demands recognition and the thought current draws to you what you need to make you a success. He is known as the man that knows what he wants. You may not at first meet with entire success. and pursue methods that you think will accomplish your purpose. What others have done you can do. with the single exception of a sound physique. If you are uncertain about every decision you make. The man of today wants to do business with the man that he can depend upon. Don't be afraid of big undertakings. Go at them with grit. He gains the confidence of others. Reliable firms want to do business with men of known qualities. but aim so high that if you fall a little short you will still have accomplished much. or wavering in your judgment. The man that decides according to what he thinks right and who learns from every mistake acquires a well balanced mind that gets the best results. but it is the unsettling elements of fret and worry and suspense that are . We hear persons say that business is trying on the nerves. judgment and reliability. and make them. Let there be no doubt. with men of firmness. Rely on your own opinion. When once you reach a conclusion abide by it. It is not the spasmodic spurts that count on a long journey. Spurts fatigue and make it hard for you to continue. but the steady efforts. Once they are created and you keep up your determination to have them fulfilled you both consciously and unconsciously work toward their materialization. It is the man that is unsettled because he does not know what he wants that goes to the wall. You may even do what others have been unable to do.

You do not even have to know the exact direction so long as you are determined to find the way.38 - . We are pushing ahead faster. By attending to each day's work properly you develop the capacity to do a greater work tomorrow. You feel that his is a safe example to follow and he rouses the same force within you that is pushing him onward and upward. The confident. But you must not turn back once you have started.nerve-exhausting and not the business. You will in a short time find that you will have extra time for planning bigger things. without using up any more energy. they will benefit from yours. I have demonstrated that the average business working force could do the same amount of work in six hours that they now do in eight. Even brilliant men's conceptions of the possibilities of their mental forces are so limited and below their real worth that they are far more likely to belittle their possibilities than they are to exaggerate them. Formerly it took decades to build up a big business. Keep the idea in mind. If there has not been any unnatural strain. pushing. uncertain way. At the end of each day you should be a step nearer your aim. that you mean to go forward. hopeful. indefinite. "We are heirs of all the ages. but today it is only but a matter of years. . The man that figures out doing something each hour of the day gets somewhere. Executing one's plans may cause fatigue. Every day someone is doing something that was never done before. and inspires the same qualities in them. when you had not decided on any certain amount. If you are properly trained you benefit much by others' thoughts. ideas in his chosen subject that have ever been conceived by others. Plan each day's activities carefully and you can reach any height you aim at. providing you generate from within yourself something of value. You don't want to think that an aim is impossible because it has never been realized in the past. the recuperative powers replace what energy has been lost. than on other days. If each thing you do is done with concise and concentrated thought you will be able to turn out an excellent quality and a large quantity of work. Never start to accomplish anything in an indecisive. It is this gradual development that makes possible the carrying out of big plans. sometimes of months. The natural leader always draws to himself. enjoyment comes with rest." but we must know how to use our inheritance. This is of the greatest importance and help. determined man influences all with whom he associates. that each day must mark an advance and forward you will go. Tackle everything with a positiveness and an earnestness that will concentrate your mind and attract the very best associated thoughts. Plan to do so much work during the day and you will be astonished to see how much more you will do. by the law of mental attraction. and.

If he does not he will fall behind his competitor. followed. There is no reason why your work or business should fag you out. Finally a clear idea was formed and then the accomplishment. He will then only do his best work and take intense pleasure in his business. When it does there is something wrong. both by temperament and training. therefore you can completely control your every action. he is at the same time rendering through his work. To build up a business you must see it expanding in your mind before it actually takes tangible shape. This is capable of wonderful development. Nothing is impossible for you. flinching. Try to broaden the visions of those with whom you come in contact and you will broaden your own outlook of life. Every great task that has ever been accomplished has first been merely a vision in the mind of its creator. spiritless way. Don't be afraid to tackle a difficult proposition. which was only the material result of the mental concept. and not only develop yourself but your associates. What we are actually doing today was carefully thought out and planned by others in the past. genuine and devoted service to humanity. but is planning ahead. You must manifest the omnipotence of the law of supply. Remember that everything you do is the result of mental action. Your higher self never winces. or side stepping it. Detail after detail has had to be worked out in his mind from his first faint idea of the enterprise. In this way. you must have responsibilities. That is why the young business man of today is likely to accomplish more in a few years than his father did in all his life. or are you ever dodging. See that you make full use of it. Use your mental forces so that they will grow and develop. The up-to-date business man is not content to build only for the present. who is. while constantly growing and developing his powers. Business success is not the result of chance. The whole world is your legitimate sphere of activity. Your success will depend upon the use you make of your mind. but of scientific ideas and plans carried out by an aggressive and progressive management. you are not a Real Man. How much of a conqueror are you? What have you done? Are you afraid of responsibility. You are attracting forces and influence that you should not. There is nothing so tiring as to try to do the work for which we are unfitted. . If you are. All progressive businesses are conducted this way. Each one should be engaged in a business that he loves. so be a man and allow the powers of the higher self to manifest and you will find you have plenty of strength and you will feel better when you are tackling difficult propositions.One seldom makes a success of anything that he goes at in a listless. be should be furthering movements with which he is in sympathy. because you are not in harmony with what you are doing.39 - . Are You Afraid of Responsibilities? In order for the individual soul to develop.

the man without courage draws to himself all the qualities of a weak man. We must first have the courage to strongly desire something. This is a subject well worthy of your study. It is a most vital element of success. steadily. because by considering a thing as impossible. It takes no more energy to be courageous than to be cowardly. When a new problem comes. toward the desired end. dissipates both our mental and moral forces. as well as mental and moral difficulties. As we are creatures of habits.LESSON XI CONCENTRATE ON COURAGE Courage is the backbone of man.40 - . doubt. Courage concentrates the mental forces on the task at hand. Such a desire has enough commanding force to change all unfavorable conditions. the man or woman without courage looks for reasons why it cannot be done and failure is naturally the almost inevitable result. The man with courage has persistence. A desire to be fulfilled must be backed by the strength of all our mental forces. They are easy to discover because of their habits of fear in attacking new problems. hesitancy. while attracting all the forces of success. we should avoid persons that lack courage. The man with courage commands. The man with courage is never afraid. Cowardice on the other hand. vacillation. He draws to himself all the moral qualities and mental forces which go to make up a strong man. It destroys that forceful. The man without courage unconsciously draws to himself all that is contemptible. Whereas. If any fear-thoughts come to you cast them off as you would the deadly viper. He states what he believes and puts it into execution. The lack of courage creates financial. Lack of courage destroys your confidence in yourself. It then directs them thoughtfully. weakening. thereby inviting failure. What is courage? It is the Will To Do. Start out today with the idea that there is no reason why you should not be courageous. Form the habit of never thinking of anything unfavorable to yourself . You can therefore see the value of concentration on courage. demoralizing and destructive. whether be is on the battlefield or in business life. deliberately. you immediately draw to yourself all the elements that contribute to failure. He then blames his luck when he does not secure the things he weakly desires. resolute attitude so important to success. It is a matter of the right training in the right way. Look upon everything within your power as a possibility instead of as merely a probability and you will accomplish a great deal more. and unsteadiness of purpose. instead of looking upon it as something to be achieved. The courageous man has confidence.

all things are possible. There are few people that really know that they can accomplish much. Fear is the worst enemy we have. It keeps us from attracting the forces that go to make up success. he cannot tell what you are able to do. and you therefore lack the very forces that you need to sustain and carry out your work.41 - . then. Just the moment you begin to swerve in your plan you begin to carry out another's thought and not your own. The evils by which you will almost certainly be overwhelmed without it are far greater than those which courage will help you to meet and overcome." Concentrate on just the opposite of fear. You forsake the courage and resolution of your own mind. and here is a good one to often affirm. Remember. Fear paralyzes energy. you lose that confidence in yourself that inspires courage and carries with it all the forces which courage creates." Whenever a doubt crosses the threshold of your mind. etc. poverty. In dealing with difficulties. Instead of building up strong mental forces which would be of the greatest use to them their fear thoughts tear them down. When you believe with . They desire the full extent of their powers. You have plenty. because I need it. Instead of being self-reliant you become timid and this invites failure. Never doubt your own ability. Never let another's opinion affect you. The truth is you do not know yourself until you put yourself to the test. it is only occasionally that you find a man that is aware of the great possibilities within him. you are unable to judge as you should. Just the moment you allow someone to influence you against what you think is right. because I use it and because I refuse to become such a weakling as cowardice produces. "I am courageous. if you will just use it. new or old. "I have courage because I desire it. Therefore." There is no justification for the loss of courage. Right. banish it. how can someone else know? Never let anyone else put a valuation on you. you as master of your mind control its every thought. You become the directed and not the director. hold ever the thought. as you would be in if you turned over all your worldly possessions to another without getting "value received. but alas. sickness.or anyone else. want. Almost all wonderful achievements have been accomplished after it had been "thoroughly" demonstrated that they were impossibilities. must be the moralist who says that the only thing to fear is fear. If they were impossibilities we could not conceive them. because you have allowed another's influence to deprive you of your courage and determination without absorbing any of his in return so you are in much the same predicament. When you permit yourself to be influenced from your plan by another. A great many men are failures because they doubt their own capacity. he does not know what you can do with your forces. Once we understand the law.

and work like a beaver to make it so. like cowardice. The man of courage overcomes the trials and temptations of life. and the object of the pain is to make us realize our ignorance.all your mind and heart and soul that you can do something. Courage is yours for the asking. except ignorance. whether it be military or industrial. To succeed in business believe that it will be successful. The chances are that there will be obstacles. These are states that can be quickly overcome through concentrating more closely on the higher self. Note: How to Overcome Depression and Melancholia. . big and little. for when you do you cut off the connection with the harmful force currents. Strong courage eliminates the injurious and opposing forces by summoning their masters. I will only think of subjects worthy of my higher self and its powers. When we become depressed It is evidence that our thought faculties are combining improperly and thereby attracting the wrong force-currents. claim it and use it. Difficulties soon melt away before the courageous. he commands success. and everyone that possesses the power to think has the power to overcome ignorance and evil. All that it is necessary to do is to exercise the will and concentrate upon happy subjects. because courage. Both of the former are harmful and make you unhappy. The pain that we suffer from doing evil are but the lessons of experience. is contagious. you thereby develop the courage to steadily and confidently live up to that belief. the yet stronger forces that will serve you. You can also drive away moods by simply choosing and fully concentrating on an agreeable subject. in your way. One man of courage can fire with his spirit a whole army of men. assert that it is successful. and there is never any sufficient cause for fear.42 - . You have now gone a long way towards accomplishing it. Through will power and thought control we can accomplish anything we want to do. he develops personal influence and a forceful character and often becomes the mentor of the community which he serves. All you have to do is to believe in it. There is wonderful inherent power within us all. Every evil is but the product of ignorance. he renders sound judgment. but resolute courage will overcome them and nothing else will.

Too much rest degenerates into laziness. Everything has its value. Thousands of persons work hard who never grow wealthy. dreamy longings. Most great men of all ages have been comparatively rich. I know a man that used to walk to work. A little rest will re-create forces. Without money they could not have accomplished what they did. It took him an hour to go and an hour to return. but if he does not use his mental forces he will be a laborer. Without friends they would not be so particular of their surroundings. For example. Many scrimp and economize all their lives. however. Others with much less effort acquire wealth. Through wealth we can do things to uplift ourselves and humanity.43 - . Wealth is usually the fruit of achievement. by mere savings from earnings. It is not conducive to proper thought to be surrounded by conditions that are uncongenial and unpleasant. you are misusing your forces. Seeing possibilities is another step toward acquiring wealth. It therefore stimulates their endeavor. They long for it in order to dress and live in such a way as to attract friends. They have made or inherited money. Everything has a good use and a bad use. It was not a very profitable investment unless the time spent in physical exercise yielded him large returns in the way of health.LESSON XII CONCENTRATE ON WEALTH It was never intended that man should be poor. So the first step toward acquiring wealth is to surround yourself with helpful influences. No one can become wealthy in an ordinary lifetime. but if your wealth comes through the right sources you will be blessed. The fact is the more attractive we make ourselves and our surroundings the more inspiring are their influences. to be directed by the man that uses to good advantage his mental forces. A man may be as industrious as he can possibly be. It is not. place yourself in it and be molded by its influences. When wealth is obtained under the proper conditions it broadens the life. He saved ten cents a day but wasted an hour and a half. but by so doing waste all their vitality and energy. He could have taken a car and gone in twenty minutes. If you acquire wealth unjustly from others. Wealth is many persons' goal. altogether the result of being industrious. and brainless. . The forces of mind like wealth can be directed either for good or evil. The man engaged in physical drudgery is not likely to have the same high ideals as the man that can command comparative leisure. to claim for yourself an environment of culture.

Any man that has ever amounted to anything has never done a great deal of detail work for long periods at any given time. constantly tries to improve his methods. One of the big mistakes made by many persons of the present generation is that they associate with those who fail to call out or develop the best that is in them. I asked him why. but as the result of deliberate and concentrated effort. lacking in proper motivation. but he had not profited by his own teachings. as to his financial fortunes. mental. It seems a part of the tragedy of life that these persons have to be taught such painful lessons before they can understand the forces and laws that regulate life. I introduced myself and asked him if he believed in his maxims. he is ever the leaner. and recreation or entertainment becomes the leading motive of a person's life. If you make up your mind you are going to be wealthy. He spoke very well. habits of wasting his resources." . instead of conserving them. They must experience them for themselves and then apply the knowledge so gained in reconstructing their lives. He said not exactly. When the social side of life is developed too exclusively. Therefore. and you will at the same time use every external condition to help you. If you hold thoughts of poverty you attract poverty. if you desire wealth you must attract the forces that will help you to secure it. I asked him if they had made him prosperous. his God-given powers and forces are undeveloped and he inevitably brings poor judgment to bear upon all the higher relationships of life. physical. He is. if opportunity affords. By his actions and beliefs he attracted poverty. Your thoughts attract a similar kind of thoughts. I knew the lecturer had been practically broke for ten years. He answered that he thought he was fated not to experience prosperity. and always. while. He held his lectures in poor surroundings. He had dressed poorly. Thoughts of wealth attract wealth.The same amount of time spent in concentrated effort to overcome his unfavorable business environment might have firmly planted his feet in the path of prosperity. I wanted to hear what he had to say. He did not realize that his thoughts and his surroundings exercised an unfavorable influence. In half an hour I showed that man why poverty had always been his companion. He does not do his duties today in the same way as yesterday. moral and spiritual. great powers. in consequence. Few profit by the mistakes of others. He said he did.44 - . often a parasite. as heavy a consumer as he is a poor producer. you will instil this thought into all your mental forces. He no doubt benefited some of his hearers. I said: "Thoughts are moving forces. as it often is. he acquires habits of extravagance instead of economy. The other day I attended a lecture on Prosperity. He needs his time to reflect.

he not only knows its value. by every legitimate means. be taken from us.good thought. but has developed the power to use it as well as to make more if he loses it. you are not enriching others. We see examples of this every day. Cultivate. and therefore deserve not to be enriched. But never forget that thought is as real a force as electricity. Money will not enable one to accumulate much more. but sought after. We are not speaking now of men of great genius. able citizens. until you have developed the initiative and business acumen to successfully manage your own investments. good home and business environment and successful business associates. If he inherits money the chances are that he will lose it. We cannot reach perfection until we discharge every obligation of our lives. will not be among men of small parts. for investment. By this time you will. you will take pleasure in using a part of it in making the road you traveled in reaching your position easier for those who follow you. All obligations have to be met fairly and squarely. entrust to them. when you have formed intimate friendships with clean. grit. Note: There is somewhere in every brain the energy that will get you out of that rut and put you far up on the mountain of success if you can only use the energy. While. have found your place in life which. your surplus earnings.45 - . but of average. that you will send out as good as you receive. good judgment. the acquaintance of men of big caliber. unless he is trained to seek and use good opportunities for its investment. will in turn. Business success today depends on foresight. firm resolution and settled purpose. good health. So it is with the mind of man. What we take from others. however small. reputable men of wealth. and. so why not willingly give a fair exchange for all that we receive? Again I repeat that the first as well as the last step in acquiring wealth is to surround yourself with good influences -. With a competence secured. if you do not. . But this is not necessarily true. The man that tries to get all he can from others for nothing becomes so selfish and mean that he does not even enjoy his acquisitions. This will make your society not only agreeable. if you have rightly concentrated upon and used your opportunities. You know that gasoline in the engine of an automobile doesn't move the car until the spark comes to explode the gasoline. Bring your thought vibrations in regard to business into harmony with theirs. Let your thoughts be such. if he has made it.Many persons are of the opinion that if you have money it is easy to make more money. Ninety per cent of the men that start in business fail. We all realize this. through such associations.

The hard knocks develop our courage and moral stamina. The persons that live in an indolent and slipshod way never have any. Nothing can take the place of either of these. and another thing to do it. Sometimes only a mere trifle keeps one from branching out and becoming a success. concentrate on a new line of thought. Discover why you have not been making good -. "It can't be done. There are two things absolutely necessary for success -. It is not the man that says. "I can and I Will. . The world is no better for their living. They have had chances. but will you? You can. BUT WILL YOU? All have the ability to concentrate. LESSON XIII YOU CAN CONCENTRATE.Each one of them has in his brain the capacity to climb over the word impossible and get into the successful country beyond. or to make a way for you? If you have. the blind and those with other handicaps amounting to something in the world." but the man that goes ahead in spite of adverse advice. We must make favorable conditions and not expect them to shape themselves." is a true saying. Have you been expecting someone to lead you. the deaf and dumb. What would you like to do.the cause of your failure. but whether you will or not depends on you. And hope. Most of us will not have an easy path to follow so don't expect to find one. There is far more ability not used than is used. but the fault is usually their own. self-confidence and the determination to do something supply the spark that makes the energy work. that you are not doing? If you think you should be "getting on" better. Stumbling blocks are but stepping stones for the man that says. They have never faced conditions and therefore don't know how. why don't you? Study yourself carefully." When we see cripples. the able-bodied man should feel ashamed of himself if he does not make good. and shows that "it can be done" that "gets there" today. Why do not more men of ability make something of themselves? There are comparatively few successful men but many ambitious ones. We climb the road to success by overcoming obstacles. perhaps better ones than some others that have made good. It is one thing to be able to do something. Learn your shortcomings. Why do not more get along? Cases may differ.energy and the will to succeed. "The Lord helps those that help themselves.46 - .

the man that knows in his heart that success is only bought by tremendous resolution. Have you ever undertaken something that you thought would be hard. It's up to you to find it. Most people are beaten before they start. But who knows? There may be an obstruction there now that might not be there next week. when the conditions call for a big effort. Don't be frightened at a few rebuffs. "molds the world to himself. They forget that usually there is a way around the difficulty. The result is that they increase their obstacles instead of diminishing them. So start out on your journey with the idea that the road is going to be clear for you. and even if you do. but resolve that you are going to accomplish what you set out to do.There is nothing that can resist the force of perseverance. Tackle everything with a feeling that you will utilize all the power within you to make it a success. at the present time. This is the kind of concentrated effort that succeeds. Many men will not begin an undertaking unless they feel sure they will succeed in it. "He who has a firm will. They think they are going to encounter obstacles. The one great keynote of success is to do whatever you have decided on. There is no such thing as failure for the man that does his best.47 - . you will of course not win. But if you think the obstacles are unsurmountable. "they lack Will. There is nothing that develops you and increases your courage like work. All men that have amounted to anything have cleared their way and they did not have the assistance that you will have today. and tomorrow or some other day they will turn to your advantage if you are a willing and are an ambitious worker. if you just think they can and concentrate on how to do it. What a mistake! This would be right. There may not be an obstruction there now that will be there next week. The tides are continually changing. don't let this make you lose courage." says Goethe. The trouble with most persons is that just as soon as they see their way blocked they lose courage. but all hard passages can be bridged. and that if it is not you will clear the way. if we were sure of what we could and could not do." says Victor Hugo." It is not so much skill that wins victories as it is activity and great determination. and they look for them instead of for means to overcome them. The way ahead of all of us is not clear sailing. If it were not for work how monotonous life would at last become! . The things that look difficult in advance turn out to be easy of conquest when once encountered." "People do not lack strength. for they cannot stop the man that is determined -.a way that accomplishes nothing. Don't be turned from your path. but afterwards found it to be easy? That is the way a great many times. If you tackle something with little effort. No matter what you may be working at. it will be in only a half-hearted way -. you will not of course try. by concentrated and whole-hearted effort.

48 - . don't let your attention wander. If we look for opportunities. If you are the man you should be. No circumstances can prevent him. but few realize its full importance. Make it a daily habit of concentrating on this thought for. Just as surely as you think of these will your objective life express itself in a like way. Each time you concentrate you form a more perfect image of health. Practice until you can hold it to the exclusion of everything else. Do you know that you are continually acting according to the images you form? If you allow yourself to mould negative images you unconsciously build a negative disposition. If you decide to think about health. etc. you become healthy. Give it all to him. you can get a great deal of good from your thinking besides developing concentration. if you have any. ten minutes. Be ever alert and on the watch for opportunities. LESSON XIV THE ART OF CONCENTRATING BY MEANS OF PRACTICAL EXERCISES Select some thought. and.So I say to the man that wants to advance. as you come into its realization. but after a short while you can shut out these negative thoughts and see yourself as you want to be. Just what we think. uncertainty or doubt. we will manifest in the external world. You will find it of the greatest value to centralize your thoughts on health. Just the moment one starts to obtrude. Remember. Regardless of your present condition. The man that is sure of himself is bound to get to the front. Show that you can concentrate your powers. strong and wholesome. and add those qualities to your makeup that will assist you when your opportunity comes. weakness. say. Show no signs of fear. I want to impress upon your mind that the habit of forming mental images is of the greatest value. Keep your eyes open. some one is looking for you to fill a responsible position. You will think of poverty. we find them. make it get out. we attract what we set our minds on. in the world. fear. Don't let any other thought drift in. Think of health as being the greatest blessing there is. So when he finds you. . that you have the makeup of a real man. You will find it hard at first to forget your ailments. see yourself as you would like to be and be blind to everything else. and see how long you can hold your mind on it. disease. "Don't look upon your present position as your permanent one. It has always been used by successful men of all ages. It is well to have a clock at first and keep track of the time.

It is then we realize the advantages of being connected with the supra-consciousness. Exercises In Concentration. But center it upon one thing and you secure much better results. the message recorded coming from the universal mind. you generate the force that can bring you what you want. If you will persist in them you will find they are very valuable. but useful. produce a heat many times greater than the scattered rays of the same source of light and heat. The exercises that follow are tedious and monotonous. it becomes easier each time to do. You become so full of the cosmic energy that you are literally flooded with divine power. If his work has been mental. When you focus your attention upon an object your every action. Once it is experienced it is never forgotten. This person says after he works all day he is too tired to practice any exercise. This is a most desired state. Before proceeding with the exercises I will answer a question that just comes to me. when focused upon an object by means of a sun glass. but this deeper concentration that brings us into harmony with the Infinite is that which produces and maintains health. eats his supper and sits down to rest. voluntary and involuntary. This is true of attention. When you have once come in contact with your supra-consciousness you become the controller of your human thoughts. In deep concentration your mind becomes attuned with the infinite and registers the cosmic intelligence and receives its messages. and in the course of time you can become possessed of power which was unknown to you before. If you will focus your energies upon a thing to the exclusion of everything else. It is often spoken of as Cosmic Consciousness. You are able to direct the expression of almost Infinite Power while in this deeper state of concentration. There are very few that reach this stage of concentration. When you focus your thought. as they increase your powers of concentration.49 - .In deep concentration you become linked with the great creative spirit of the universe. the thought which has been occupying his mind returns to him and this prevents him from securing the rest he needs. but once you do. Scatter it and you get but ordinary results. The supra-consciousness registers the higher cosmic vibrations. Naturally it requires a good deal of training to reach this state. and the creative energy then flows through you. That which comes to you is higher than human thoughts. vitalizing your creations into form. It is often referred to as the wireless station. Very few even know that it is possible. . you increase its strength. The rays of the sun. is in the direction of attaining that object. They think concentration means limitation to one subject. We will say he comes home all tired out. But this is not true.

Now if you take up something that is just different from what you have been doing during the day. the mind under the control of the will. Just feel that what you wish is going to manifest. of course. You can become enthusiastic over your condition. This must be brought under direct control of the mind. you will be able to change them just as easily as you change your clothes. as you are then mentally and spiritually exalted in the desired realm. When once you have learned to master your thoughts.50 - . Breathe this way for five minutes. You are then ready to proceed. See that every muscle is relaxed. Just feel it already has. Exhale in an easy. then exhale slowly. which will cleanse and rejuvenate every cell of brain and body. but you must realize that it is. filling the lungs comfortably full of fresh air. letting the Divine Breath flow through you. for just the minute you wish a thing to be done it manifests in the thought world. . If you are in your room first see that your windows are up and the air is good. If you will center your attention on a new thought. The Best Time to Concentrate Is after reading something that is inspiring. Keep up this feeling and allow nothing to interfere and you will soon find you have become the master of concentration. Don't let any doubts or fears enter.anything foreign to the subject. and that rapidly you will be learning to accomplish anything that you undertake. The other cells that have been idle all day want to work. Remember. So you should regulate the evenings that you have and call forth an entirely different line of thought so as not to use the cells which you have tired out during the day. Just think of yourself as getting ready to receive knowledge that is far greater than you have ever received before. Now relax and let the spirit work in and through you and assist you to accomplish what you wish. in reality it has. When the mind is properly strengthened by the impulse of the will it becomes a more powerful transmitter of thought. the other cells. and you will find you can enjoy your evenings while securing needed rest. You will find that this practice will be of wonderful value to you. Then is the time you are ready for deep concentration.It is an admitted fact that certain thoughts call into operation a certain set of brain cells. Whenever you concentrate just believe it is a success. rhythmic way. you will use the cells that have not done anything and give those that have had work to do a rest. you relieve the old cells from vibrating with excitement and they get their needed rest. are not busy at that time and are rested. Now breathe slowly. hold this as long as you can without straining yourself. Now. Your will is strong enough to do anything you wish. Now think how quiet and relaxed you are. in order to control your intention first gain control over the body. because it has more force. Lie down flat on your bed without a pillow. the real requisite of centering is to be able to shut out outside thoughts -. The mind can be greatly strengthened by being brought under the direct influence of the will.

The following exercise is especially good in assisting you to acquire perfect control of the muscles. and keep the arm perfectly still for one minute.51 - . notice how "ill-at-ease" people are that have not gained this control. Now fix the eyes upon the glass and try to keep the arm so steady that no movement will be noticeable. You will find this habit of relaxing is very good. Look around. These mean that you have not proper control over your body. increase the time to ten minutes and then to fifteen. When you are able to keep the arm perfectly steady. and grasp it by the fingers. This is as long as it is necessary. You will have to center your attention on sitting still. After you have acquired this control. pointing to your right. Do the exercise with first one arm and then the other. Do the same exercise with left arm. Exercise 3 Fill a small glass full of water. Do this first for one moment and then increase it to five. Cultivate a self-poised manner. strained appearance. See how poised you can be at all times. I want you to gain control of your muscular movements. This is not as easy as it seems. You must be relaxed completely. with head only. After you are able to keep perfectly still. Exercise 2 Sit in a chair with your head up and your chin out. By a little practice you will find you are able to sit still without a movement of the muscles for fifteen minutes. This mental feeling will improve your carriage and demeanor. Watch and see that you are not making any involuntary muscular movements. put the arm directly in front of you. If you will keep your eyes fixed on the tips of the fingers you will be able to tell if you are keeping your arm perfectly still. Turn the palm of the hand downward when it is outstretched. At first I advise sitting in a relaxed position for five minutes. Part of his body kept moving all the time. Raise your right arm until it is on the level with your shoulder.It will be necessary to first train the body to obey the commands of the mind. increase the time until you are able to do this five minutes with each arm. "Do you know how much better appearance you would make if you would just learn to speak with your voice . I have just been sizing up a salesman that has just left me. as this is the easiest position. But never strain yourself to keep still. See how easy and relaxed you can keep yourself. instead of a nervous. Stop all useless gestures and movements of the body. Exercise 4 Watch yourself during the day and see that your muscles do not become tense or strained. Exercise 1 Sit in a comfortable chair and see how still you can keep. I just felt like saying to him. shoulders back. and fix your gaze on your fingers.

The purpose of the above exercises is to gain control over the involuntary muscular movement. You will find many exercises like this in your daily routine.52 - . you of course lose the value of the exercise. keeping the attention fixed upon the end of the finger. "I will not. The main point you should keep in mind is that the exercise should be simple and that the attention should be firmly fixed upon the moving part of the body.. It also gives you control over your muscular movement. when the door slams. The following exercises are arranged to bring your voluntary muscles under the control of the will. both fingers and thumb closed. Get rid of any habit you have of twitching or jerking any part of your body. You will find your attention will not want to be controlled and will try to drift to something more interesting. placing your hands upon it. then gradually extend the thumb. This is just where these exercises are of value. just as if it was a matter of great importance. Exercise 6 Put the right hand on knee. Then gradually extend your first finger. just think of these as exercises in selfcontrol. Now fix your gaze upon the fist for a while. must be kept closely on each movement of the hand. closing first the last one opened and then the rest. You will find you make many involuntary movements. if it is not. You can make up a variety of exercises like these. etc. and you must control your attention and see it is held in the right place and does not wander away. keeping your whole attention fixed upon the act." but it is important for you to practice these monotonous exercises so you can train your attention. so that your mental forces may control your muscular movements. clenching the fists. The attention." If you are in the habit of letting noises upset you. and finally you will have the fist again in the original position with the thumb closed over the finger. which points out in front of you. Exercise 5 Move your chair up to a table. the thumb doubled over the fingers. just exercise control. Then reverse the process. It is good training to plan out different ones. Do this exercise with the left hand. The chances are that the above exercises will at first make you "tired. Then move the finger slowly from side to side. Keep up this exercise first with one hand and then the other until you have done it five times with each hand. .instead of trying to express what you say with your whole body?" Just watch those that interview you and see how they lack poise. then your second and so on until you open the rest. making your actions entirely voluntary. In a few days you can increase it to ten times. You can quickly stop any of these by merely centering your attention on the thought. except the first finger. keeping the back of the hand on the table. or something falls. of course.

Never choose an interesting object. but let your concentration upon the one selected be such that a scent of its fragrance in after years will vividly recall the circumstances of this exercise. You can develop a Will that will make you a giant compared with the man that lacks Will Power. No matter what you may be doing. Do not let your attention get away from the work you are at. When sense of smell is being developed. be on the alert for the different odors. When once you conquer the rebellious attention you have achieved a greater victory than you can realize at the time. You will find that this strongly intensifies the sense of smell. When you can control yourself you can control others. When you have gained this you are the man you were intended to be. and you will find that you have greatly improved your power of attention. See how many different kinds you can detect. Then choose one particular kind and try to sense only this. Exercise 7 Concentration Increases the Sense of Smell. carriage and demeanor. but put forward your best efforts. you should not only shut out from the mind every thought but that of odor. Imagine you are not interested in anything else in the world but what you are doing. however. Let no day go by without practicing concentrating on some familiar object that is uninteresting. but you should also shut out cognizance of every odor save that upon which your mind. imagine that it is your chief object in life. a peculiarly attentive attitude. You call find plenty of opportunity for exercises for developing the sense of smell.53 - . which of course will be very valuable. Never be satisfied with the "I did fairly well" spirit.You may think these exercises very simple and of no value. When you are out in the air. When you take a walk. . but control it and do not let it control you. is concentrated. This differentiation requires. for the time. The person that can concentrate can gain full control over his body and mind and be the master of his inclinations. After a little practice you will find you can center your attention on uninteresting subjects at will. Try out your Will Power in different ways until you have it under such control that just as soon as you decide to do a thing you go ahead and do it. or pass a flower garden. or drive in the country. Be satisfied with nothing else. concentrate on the odor of flowers and plants. and can center your thoughts on what you do. as it requires less attention. You will find the air laden with all kinds. The less interesting it is the better exercise will it be. but I promise you in a short time you will notice that you have a much better control over your muscular movements. Your attention will no doubt be rebellious. not their slave. Many times afterwards you will be thankful you have learned to concentrate your closest attention upon the object at hand.

Think how this great organ is pumping the blood to every part of the body. is not without danger. If. You can wonderfully increase your strength by this exercise. Lie down and thoroughly relax your muscles. What is known as the water method is. the image will be realized. This. If your mind thinks of sickness in connection with self you will be sick. Then picture yourself . will that an extra supply of blood shall go there. Just keep the idea in your mind that there is no . however. Sit in a chair beside the table and gaze into the glass of water and think how calm it is. passing up through the head and out to the eyes. Exercise 9 Concentrating on Sleep. vigorous health.for instance. again. very effective in inducing sleep. I have found the following a very helpful exercise to take just before going to bed and on rising in the morning: Say to yourself. Do not pay any attention to anything else. Exercise 8 Concentration on the Within. control your mind and direct your thoughts just the same as you can your arm. After a little practice you can actually feel the blood passing through your system. You will be healthy. every part of my body is strong and healthy. In a short time you will find the nerves becoming quiet and you will be able to go to sleep. try to actually picture the blood leaving the great reservoir and going in one stream right down to the toes. through their practice. "Every cell in my body thrills with life. Sometimes it is good to picture yourself becoming drowsy to induce sleep. You become what you picture yourself to be. Picture another going down the arms to the tips of the fingers. Concentrate on the beating of your heart. if your eyes feel tired. although very simple. quiet forest. at any time.54 - . picture the blood coming from the heart. and. getting into just as calm a state. you feel weak in any part of the body. If you imagine yourself in strong. Men have been able to gain such control over the heart that they have actually stopped it from beating for five minutes. For instance. and is not to be practiced by the novice. the most persistent insomnia has been overcome by one thinking of himself as some inanimate object -. Put a full glass of clear water on a table in your sleeping room." I have known a number of people to greatly improve their health in this way.The object of these exercises is to develop concentrated attention. a hollow log in the depths of the cool. Those who are troubled with insomnia will find these sleep exercises that quiet the nerves very effective. and you will find that you can.

check yourself instantly when you feel yourself becoming so. Watch yourself and see if you are not in the habit of moving your hands. just think this over a minute. but if you will carefully watch yourself you will probably find that you are." and you will quickly overcome your condition. If you are in the habit of worrying over the merest trifles. banish all fear of insomnia." This thought will be impressed on them and they will be more careful. Watch others and see how they needlessly twist their faces in talking. Many of you that read this may think you are not guilty of either of these faults. if you continue to make a fold in it. If you are one of those that flare up at the slightest "provocation" and never try to control yourself. if you are also in the habit of becoming irritable or nervous at the least little thing. Does it do you any good? Do you gain anything by it? Doesn't it put you out of poise for some time? Don't you know that this grows on you and will eventually make you despised by all that have any dealings with you? Everyone makes mistakes and. just concentrate on this a few minutes and see bow needless it is. By Concentration You Can Stop the Worry Habit. Practice these exercises and you will sleep. By this time you should have awakened to the possibilities of concentration and have become aware of the important part it plays in your life. instead of becoming angry at their perpetrators. tapping them on the floor. no difference what may . As the face is like a piece of silk. "Be more careful next time. Practice standing before a mirror and see if you are in the habit of frowning or causing wrinkles to appear in the forehead. or become nervous or irritable. the thought of a mistake is impressed on them and they will be more likely to make mistakes in the future. you will be greatly helped by repeating this affirmation each morning: "I am going to try today not to make a useless gesture or to worry over trifles. but. thumping something with your fingers or twirling your mustache. I intend to be calm.55 - . All lack of self-control can be conquered if you will but learn to concentrate. say. But. Some have the habit of keeping their feet going. if you continually complain about their making a mistake. and. start to breathe deeply. it will in time be impossible to remove it. if so. as. "I will not be so weak. I am master of myself. you can make a fold in it a number of times and it will straighten out of itself. for instance. Any movement of the face that causes the skin to wrinkle will eventually cause a permanent wrinkle. just say to them. Exercise 11 By Concentration You Can Control Your Temper.difficulty in going to sleep. and. Exercise 10 Concentration Will Save Energy and Appearance.

You will find that this is a very excellent exercise in concentration. will notice the difference if you live up to these instructions. think that you look like a reliable man or woman should. The chances are you will be able to think of many more. . Do not let another thought come into your mind. Keep up the good work until. He acquires a feeling of calmness and strength that causes opposition to melt away before it." While standing before the mirror practice deep breathing. The next day sit in a chair and. Three minutes a day is long enough for the practice of this exercise. In his conversation. and think of them as two human eyes looking into yours. eyes and body still. Make two marks on your mirror on a level with your eyes. You. For some time it will still be necessary to repeat the affirmation in the morning and square your conduct with it in the evening. the habit of self-control is so firmly fixed that you could not break it even though you tried. and then add to the list each new discovery. but keep on. but stand erect. however.be the circumstances. I will control myself. Exercise 12. still keeping the head. Practice Talking Before a Glass. and that you are literally feasting on it. Then." At night quickly review your actions during the day and see how fully you realized your aim. See that there is plenty of fresh air in the room. Do not move your head. You will find that. too. your timidity will disappear. and you will soon find that you can live up to your ideal.56 - . Concentrate all your thoughts on keeping your head perfectly still. of course. like a person that anyone would have confidence in. It might be well for you to write down all you thought of the first day. At first you will. at last. don't relinquish it. The one that stands up like a man and has control over the muscles of his face and eyes always commands attention. I have had many persons tell me that this affirmation and daily review made a wonderful difference in their lives. without looking at the picture. Do not let your appearance be such as to justify the remark. Henceforth I resolve to be free from all signs that show lack of self-control. "I don't like his appearance. he can better impress those with whom he comes in contact. I don't believe he can be trusted. as it permeates every cell. have to plead guilty of violation a few times. and if you find you can prolong the exercise for more than five minutes do so. concentrate on it and see if you cannot think of additional details concerning it. It has been replaced by a sense of peace and power. Look at the clock before you commence the exercise. After you have once gained self-control. Your eyes will probably blink a little at first.

Again. when you experience pain. Exercise 15 Controlling Desires. you can wonderfully strengthen your powers of concentration. If you hear good news resist the desire to tell it to the first person you meet and you will be benefited thereby. It will require the concentration of all your powers of resistance to prohibit the desire to tell. drawing the breath in gently as you count ten. and it can then be turned to practical account in making undesirable conditions bearable. if you feel yourself getting hungry or thirsty and for any reason you do not wish to eat. keep it to yourself. It is possible to train your imagination until you do this. and the pain will seem to decrease. Think how you would feel if you were cool. construct such a vivid image of heat that you are able to experience the sensation of heat even in the coldest atmosphere. Press one finger against the right nostril. After you feel that you have complete control over your desires you can then tell your news. you have all you can do to attend to your own business. In this state you would be shivering all over. Repeat this exercise with the opposite nostril.Exercise 13 The Control of Sensations. Remember. You can think of many very good exercises like this. It seems natural to want to tell others what you know. Your opinion may afterwards turn out to be wrong anyway. but whether right or wrong. do not increase it by thinking about it. you learn something about another person that is detrimental. Persons that do not possess this power of control over desires are apt to tell . by learning to control these desires. For instance. do not think of how hungry or thirsty you are. deep breath. Exercise 14 The Eastern Way of Concentrating. will furnish you with excellent exercises in concentration. but do something to divert your attention. you have strengthened your will by controlling your desire to communicate your views. then how you would feel if you were cold. but. then expel the breath through the right nostril as you count ten. from your own observation.57 - . Sit in a chair with a high back in upright position. Do not waste your time in thinking of others or in gossiping about them. Desire. Now think of just the opposite conditions. If. Now take a long. which is one of the hardest forces to control. But you must be able to suppress the desire to communicate the news until you are fully ready to tell it. but just visualize yourself as finishing a hearty meal. If you will start practicing along this line systematically you will soon gain a wonderful control over the things that affect your physical comfort. This exercise should be done at least twenty times at each sitting. how you would feel if it were freezing. again.

If you will just utilize your spare time in practicing exercises like those suggested you can gain wonderful powers of concentration. circumstances alter cases. After you have practiced a number of these simple exercises read a book for twenty minutes and then write down what you have read. as one writer expresses it. the power to image or picture what you read. through the closest concentration. . thereby often involving both themselves and others in needless trouble. you will know you are weak in concentration. Reading an article to get only the essentials requires the closest concentration. and see in how few words you can express it. just control yourself and receive it without any exclamation of surprise. No one can think without first concentrating his thoughts on the subject in hand. The practice will produce very good results if you keep it up until the habit is fixed. Every man and woman should train himself to think clearly. But be ever on the lookout for opportunities for the practice of self-control. At times it is necessary to become enthused. You will find that in order to remember every word in a sentence you must keep out every thought but that which you wish to remember. You will find from experience that this self-control will be worth much to you in business." Exercise 16 When You Read. and this in time becomes a valuable business asset. and this power of inhibition alone will more than compensate for the trouble of the exercise. When you are able to do this. Say to yourself. The closer the concentration the more accurate the account will be. An excellent exercise is to read some short story and then write just an abridged statement. of letting the mountains of which we hear loom before us and the rivers of which we read roll at our feet. Of course. upon the power. If you are unable to write out what you read. "Nothing is going to cause me to lose my self-control. Go to your room and deliver it as if you were talking to some one. The chances are that at first you will not remember very many details. Of course. You will find exercises like this of the greatest value in developing concentration and learning to think. If you are in the habit of getting excited when you hear unpleasant news. success in all of the above depends largely upon cultivating.things that they should not. read two or more sentences and treat similarly. "He that ruleth his spirit is greater than he that ruleth a city. Instead of writing it out you can express it orally if you wish. It is a good idea when time is limited to read only a short sentence and then try to write it down word for word.58 - . Read an article in a newspaper. but with a little practice you will be able to write a very good account of what you have read. You will be looked upon as a cool-headed business man.

Exercise 18 Watch Concentration. If you have practiced the above exercises you have now developed this concentration power to a considerable extent and therefore you have faith in the power of concentration. You want to gain the thing you desire. This habit is bad and you want to break it. If you will just form the mental image of controlling yourself as another person might. say to yourself. at this time. . You. You first clearly picture what is wanted and then you concentrate on getting it. As there is little that is particularly interesting about the second hand. Sit in a chair and place a clock with a second hand on the table. This is a very good exercise when you only have a few minutes to spare. and if you concentrate on it in the right way you will get it. If you have a habit that you want to get rid of. attempt to analyze the belief." Just imagine that you are some one else giving this advice. Always try to keep as still as possible during these exercises. Exercise 19 Faith Concentration. in time. The habit loses its power over you and you are free. you can stop this habit if you want to.59 - . We will say that you have some desire or wish you want fulfilled. but you can still become a much stronger believer in it. In this way you can gain control over nerves and this quieting effect is very good for them. I have known a number of men to break themselves of drinking in this way. You don't care anything about the whys and wherefores. Have absolute faith that your desires will be realized. it is hard to do this. I purposely did not put this exercise in the beginning where it naturally belongs because I wanted you to know that you could learn to concentrate. thinking of nothing else but the second hand. see yourself as others see you. if you are able to keep every other thought in the stream of consciousness subordinate to it. you will take a delight in breaking bad habits.Exercise 17 Concentration Overcomes Bad Habits. but in the extra effort of will power required to make it successful lies its value. Never. Believe that it will according to your belief be fulfilled. shut your eyes and imagine that your real self is standing before you. "You are not a weakling. Follow the second hand with your eyes as it goes around. or that you need some special advice. A belief in the power to concentrate is of course very important. Now try the power of affirmation. This is very valuable practice. Keep this up for five minutes.

60 - . fears and wrong thoughts. Do you ever feel distruct{sic} in yourself? If You do. you say to yourself something similar to the following: . by discovering that which is inherent within yourself. When the letter was given to him had he said to himself. Never think you will not succeed. Smith while out to luncheon today. at the moment the instruction is given. and it is a delight for the human soul to do so. just ask yourself. and it is the mental habit of so dreading them that really acts as a magnet in attracting those that really do come. Note: Self-Distrust. if you are instructed to drop in and see Mr. and yours it surely will be. Your evil circumstances are created or attracted by your own negative. you will not forget it. and by so doing you become more closely attached to the higher self. which never distrusts. and are a means of teaching you to triumph over all evils. We remember only that which makes a deep impression. but automatically puts it in his pocket and forgets all about it. especially at the moment he conceives it. instead devote the time and concentrated thought in how to make the best of the interview or event and you will find that it will not be as unpleasant as you thought it would be. why you are. Most of our troubles are but imaginary. to stop and think. For example. You will find it helpful in overcoming self-distrust. "I will mail this letter. which self do I mistrust? Then say: my higher self cannot be affected. LESSON XV CONCENTRATE SO YOU WILL NOT FORGET A man forgets because he does not concentrate his mind on his purpose. There is a way to overcome all difficulties.A Caution. Then think of the wonderful powers of the higher self. We will say a wife gives her husband a letter to mail." it would have enabled him to recall the letter the instant he reached the mail box. hence we must first deepen our impressions by associating in our minds certain ideas that are related to them. but picture what is wanted as already yours. The same rule holds good in regard to more important things. Instead of wasting precious thought-force by dreading or fearing a disagreeable interview or event. The box is at the next corner and when I pass it I must drop this letter. if. He does not think about it. concentrating your forces.

observe every detail. That by listening to her voice. just as our other senses bring us into touch with the coarser side of human nature. Close eyes again and notice how much more accurate your picture is. the connection established and the sight of the associated object recalls the errand. I shall turn to the right and call on Mr. The closer we live to nature the more developed is this sense. but by surrounding it with all possible association of ideas. The important thing to do is to deepen the impression at the very moment it enters your mind. Think of objects in foreground. Think of what the picture represents. Note: Nature is a Wonderful Instructor. Smith. the attention is easily centered and the memory easily trained. such as the law that ideas which enter the mind at the same time emerge at the same time. not only by concentrating the mind upon the idea itself. Exercise in Memory Concentration. we learn the oneness of life and wake up to our own latent powers. You can train yourself to remember in this way by the concentration of the attention on your purpose. on my way to luncheon. with that curious. instead of failing you at crucial moments. so that each one will reinforce the others." In this way the impression is made. whether it looks natural. "So called" civilization has over developed our other senses at the expense of this one. Few realize that the simple act of listening and concentrating is our best interior power. one assisting in recalling the others. put it on a table and then look at it for two minutes."When I get to the corner of Blank street. becomes a valuable asset in your every-day work. The mind is governed by laws of association. The reason why people cannot remember what they want to is that they have not concentrated their minds sufficiently on their purpose at the moment when it was formed. for it brings us into close contact with the highest. middle ground. When once you form this habit. Then your memory. But there are very few who realize that when we get in touch with nature we discover ourselves. inner sense of ours. of details of color and form.61 - . background. Concentrate your attention on this picture. This is made possible. . in accordance with the laws of association. Select some picture. Practice until your mental image corresponds in every particular to the original. Now open your eyes and hold yourself rigidly to the correction of each and every mistake. whether it is a good subject. then shut your eyes and see how much you can recall about it.

sudden illumination come and he goes on happily and accomplishes his task. concentrated thought is more . but it illustrates the fact that man has within him the power. he must be quiet and concentrate. You will soon be conscious that you have latent powers within capable when once developed of revealing to you priceless knowledge and unlimited possibilities of success. An author thinks his plot.Children unconsciously realize the value of concentration -. A child instinctively but unconsciously knows when he needs help. holds it in his mind.he will pause and keep quite still. Man's very soul is in his power to think. Many have glimpses of "that something.for instance: When a Child has a difficult problem to solve. Man should have plenty of everything and not merely substance to live on as so many have. is only a fairy story. leaning on his elbow. LESSON XVI HOW CONCENTRATION CAN FULFILL YOUR DESIRE "It is a spiritual law that the desire to do necessarily implies the ability to do. when allied to those mysterious powers which perhaps transcend it. though quite unconscious. The doctor thinks over the symptoms of his patient. waits. If you are unable to satisfy your deepest longings it is time you learned how to use your God-given powers. has been the cause of all the world's true progress. and in every thought there is great possibility because true thought development. of doing so. therefore." but few ever reach the state where the mind is steady enough to fathom these depths. Silent. and then waits. if you are watching. Every instinct of man leads to thought. In the silence we become conscious of "that something" which transcends thought and which uses thought as a medium for expression.though he tries his hardest -. is the essence of all created things. and gets to some knotty point which he finds himself mentally unable to do -. and it." which accomplished such wonderful things." You have all read of "Aladdin's Lamp. All great people concentrate and owe their success to it. listens for the inspiration. If you want to be able to solve difficult problems you must learn to do the same. if he is able to use it. The one who diagnoses in this way seldom makes mistakes. and illumination comes. This. perhaps. apparently listening. then you will see.62 - . It would be wrong for the Infinite to create wants that could not be supplied. to gratify his every wish. All natural desires can be realized. of course.

Remember that the first step in concentration is to form a Mental Image of what you wish to accomplish.potent than spoken words. for speech distracts from the focusing power of the mind by drawing more and more attention to the without. The strong man controls conditions. There is no such thing as a Special "Providence. By this law what you at first see as a dream becomes a reality. The weakling is controlled by conditions. You will find that each day as you focus your forces on this thought at the center of the stream of consciousness.63 - . ideas and methods will flash into your mind. make up your mind that all obstacles that are in your way will be overcome and you can rise above any environment. that which at first seems impossible becomes attainable. to add to it until you have as nearly as possible exhausted the subject. You can be either the conqueror or the conquered. This law is so powerful that. A great aid in the development of concentration is to write out your thoughts on that which lies nearest your heart and to continue. to seek more for the Infinite within." Man will not receive help from the Infinite except to the extent that he believes and hopes and prays for help from this great source. new plans. By the law of concentration you can achieve your heart's desire. Around this thought. Concentrate on What You Want and Get It. because they are not conscious of their real powers that when used are capable of guiding them. This image becomes a thought-seed that attracts thoughts of a similar nature. when it is once planted in the imagination or creative region of the mind. But the Infinite helps only he who helps himself. There is a law of attraction that will help you accomplish your . It is from this source alone that he ever gains the power to solve his practical difficulties. The cause of failure is that men search in the wrong direction for success. little by little. You do this by utilizing the natural laws of the thought world which are all powerful. Be confident that you will succeed. The Infinite within is foreign to those persons who go through life without developing their spiritual powers. Man must learn more and more to depend on himself. Shut every other thought out of consciousness. you group or build associated thoughts which continue to grow as long as your desire is keen enough to compel close concentration. Form the habit of thinking of something you wish to accomplish for five minutes each day. No one should give up when there is always the resources of Infinity.

plans.64 - . Every object. you gradually make a pattern or mold which in time will materialize. The architect first sees the mental picture of the house he is to plan and from this works out the one we see. will materialize. He . if in harmony with your higher nature. To the beginner in this line of thought some of the things stated in this book may sound strange.belief that he would succeed and hard work. So first think over the thing wanted and if it would be good for you to have.purpose. give them a trial. There were times when it did not look like he could weather the storm.. Life will then seem very different to you. but there are many who forget others and their rights. He has formed his own ideas. in their anxiety to achieve success. even absurd. I am going to work to secure it. the destructive forces. although when he started he was not aware of their existence. At last you will create the desired conditions and receive help in many unlooked-for ways that will lift you out of the undesired environment. for you will have found happiness through awakening within yourself the power to become the master of circumstances instead of their slave. but. All good things are possible for you to have. The way will be open for me. It may seem that it would be unnecessary to caution you to concentrate only upon achievement that will be good for you and work no harm to another. Never allow these to become associated with your thoughts. that desire. Very often we seem to receive help in a miraculous way." If you fully grasp mentally the thought of success and hold it in mind each day. say. etc. they will bring results so long as we do our part. The same thing is true in all lines. In ten years he has built up a large and profitable business. on the subject. He attributes his success to two things -. The inventor has to work out his idea mentally before he produces it materially. must first be mentally created. but once the silent unseen forces are put into operation. but he wants to know what others think. you plant the thought-seed which begins working in your interest and. every enterprise. for instance. He starts out to seek ideas and he soon finds plenty of books. It may be slow in coming. "I want to do this. instead of condemning them. They are ever present and ready to aid those who care to use them. An advertiser. I know a man that started in business with thirteen cents and not a dollar's worth of credit. But by all means keep free from doubt and fear. designs. By forming a strong mental image of your desire. gets to thinking along a certain line. We can attract those things that will help us. but only as you bring your forces into harmony with that law that requires that we mete out justice to fellow travelers as we journey along life's road. in time. You will find they will work out.

All things of this world are to you just what you think they are. Everything is first created in the mind. But by keeping up a bold front he got an extension of time when needed. ~ Lowell ~ We often hear people spoken of as idealists. and I have known him to send out a check with the prospect of receiving a check from one of his customers the following day. the Master: "Whatsoever thing ye desire when ye pray.was being pressed by his creditors who considered him bankrupt. You are responsible for every condition you go through. Just put forth the necessary concentrated effort and you will be wonderfully helped from sources unknown to you. but rarely has he been disappointed. He would have no reason other than his belief in the power of affecting the mind of another by concentration of thought for expecting that check. When you control your thoughts you become a creator. it is a valuable lesson. The next step you take determines the succeeding step. By concentrating on each step as you go along. you can save a lot of waste steps and will be able to choose a straight path instead of a roundabout road. Your happiness and success depend upon your ideals. And longing molds in clay. what life Carves in the marble real." LESSON XVII IDEALS DEVELOPED BY CONCENTRATION Through our paltry stir and strife. either consciously or unconsciously. . You must have the mental image if you are to produce the material thing. Remember the mystical words of Jesus. and upon the ideals we picture depends our ultimate success. pray as if ye had already received and ye shall have. You receive divine ideas and shape them to your individual needs. The fact is we are all idealists to a certain extent. Glows the wished Ideal. They would have taken fifty cents on the dollar for his notes and considered themselves lucky. Sometimes he would not receive their check until the last mail of the day of the extension. When absolutely necessary for him to raise a certain sum at a certain time he always did it. Remember this. When he had heavy bills to meet he would make up his mind that certain people that owed him would pay by a certain date and they always did.65 - .

It was never intended that man should suffer. What is meant is his ideals change. it all depends upon how we entertain those silent whisperings that come from we know not where. Your future depends upon the ideals you are forming now. what a different world this would be! We say a man is as changeable as the weather. Don't forget this. You get up in the morning determined that nothing will make you lose your temper. He has brought it upon himself by disobeying the laws of nature. and you can be happy every step of the way or miserable. Life is but one continuous unfoldment. Therefore realize the importance of holding to your ideal until it becomes a reality. to use . you must begin to prepare for it today. If you had just thought a second of what a wellpoised person implies you would not have become angry. Each time we allow our ideals to be shattered we also weaken our will-power.Concentrate Upon Your Ideals and They Will Become Material Actualities. but to everyone. Your past ideals are determining your present. In this way the grandest thoughts come to us. When they concentrate on it to the exclusion of all other things it becomes a reality. To the extent that ideals are kept is your future assured. He knows them so cannot plead ignorance. If persons could only realize that they can only injure themselves. Why does he break them? Because he does not pay attention to those ideals flashed to him from the Infinite Spirit. but not the other. "I am that which I think myself to be." Ideals are reflected to us from the unseen spirit. You lose your poise when you forget your ideal. Something takes place that upsets you completely and you lose your temper. if you want a bright future. but from the silence they come as if they were dreams. The laws of matter and spirit are not the same. You become like a rudderless boat on an ocean. Every time you change your ideal you think differently.66 - . This is your ideal of a person of real strength and poise. Why do so many men fail? Because they don't hold to their ideal until it becomes a mental habit. One can be broken. For the time being you forget your ideal. as you please. We cannot hear them with mortal ear. Therefore. that when they are apparently injuring others they are really injuring themselves. not to you or me alone. Holding to your ideals develops will-power. Through concentration we work out our ideals in physical life.

. One inventor spoke of the possibilities of wireless telephone. No man gets over a fence by wishing himself on the other side. but within. Distance. Such thoughts are the thoughts of failure. consistent. but a case where no one present really doubted that the inventor's vision would. Don't think that you are neglected. or going backward. He must climb. So search not in treasured volumes for noble thoughts. and bright and glowing vision will come to be realized now and hereafter. materialize. He thought we would soon be able to talk to the man in the submarine forty fathoms below the surface and a thousand miles away. LESSON XVIII MENTAL CONTROL THROUGH CREATION I attended a banquet of inventors recently. When he got through he asked if there were any that doubted what he said. Note: You must give some hours to concentrated. No man gets out of the rut of dull. If you are standing still. You are the man to find out what is wrong. He must climb. You must study yourself and your weaknesses. there is something wrong. criticise yourself. Many very much needed things were spoken of. Don't pity yourself.67 - . or not appreciated. or not understood. persistent thought. monotonous life by merely wishing himself out of the rut. Think hard about the fact that men who have got what you envy got it by working for it. as inventors like to argue. in the future. would shortly be annihilated. This was not a case of tactful politeness. Each inventor gave a short talk on something he thought would be accomplished in the future. he said.or abuse. You know that the only thing in the world that you have got to count upon is yourself. No one spoke up. tiresome.

An up-to-date business letter is not written in a casual. The whole atmosphere is impregnated with a high standard of workmanship. These influences will be so dominating that employees will be partly controlled by them and so you will profit more and more by your mental powers and depend on them to draw to you all forces of a helpful nature. A business will succeed only to the extent that the efforts of all are co-ordinated towards one result. He could not be in such surroundings and be satisfied to do anything but his best work. they will assert themselves and claim their own. They will receive these unconsciously. A finely organized company secures the combined effort of all its men. think of this person as becoming successful. but in case yours is the stronger personality they will carry them out the same as if you had spoken them. is there any reason why we should not through mental control transmit messages from one person to another? The wireless message should not be as easy to send as the projected thought. It is not always what is actually in a letter. In this way he awakens a responsive spirit. but he must possess the mental power of control over others. That intangible something that defies analysis is the projected thought of the master that brings back the harvest that it claims. desire and command that it be strengthened. If he has a weakness. and once aroused. if we can make an instrument so wonderful that we can send wireless messages a thousand miles. The person at the head does not have to exactly outline to the others what steps to take.68 - . Take a certain part of the day to send him thoughts of an up-building nature. You will be constantly sending out suggestions to your employees and friends. At least one person is needed to direct all toward the desired end. some real geniuses. If you are anxious that some friend or relative should succeed. but all work to bring about the very best results. But we should not always claim success for ourselves only. . Now. The writer tries to convey something he thinks the receiver will be interested to know. The day will come when all business will employ highly developed persons to send out influences. This is being done even today. You can in this way arouse his mental powers into activity. Picture him in the position you would like to see him in. think of his shortcomings which belong to his negative nature as being replaced by positive qualities. commonplace way today.These shrewd men. Sometimes just the addition of a word or two will change a letter of the matter-of-fact style to one that compels a response. Everyone feels he must do his best. They may be each doing a different kind of work. all thought we would in time be able to talk to those a thousand miles away without media. but the spirit which it breathes that brings results.

If you wish to retain your youth you need the influences of youth. If you are shut up with only your own thoughts you suffer from mental starvation. They will work in fuller sympathy with each other. We never stand still. they could have been employers of more commanding influence than those whom they serve. He must advance and be ever the guiding influence. All employers should aim to secure employees that think along similar lines. There must be co-ordination of thought. The thought element plays a great part in our lives. Living alone often causes some of the milder forms of insanity. The person becomes aware that the attitude of the mind has a power of controlling. That is why a change of position will often do a person a great deal of good. No person was ever intended to live alone. We either advance or decline. This enables them to help each other.We can accomplish a great deal more than many of us are ready to believe by sending to another our direct. It is this that goes to make up a perfect organization. In concentrated mental control. there is a latent power more potent than physical force. it will be harmful. There is no one that can remain neutral to influences. Like attracts like all over the world. The mind becomes narrow.69 - . If the environment of your place of business is not helpful. Often employees are superior to their employers in some qualities. Through your mental power you can generate in another enthusiasm and the spirit of success. which directs and influences . if they had studied. The mind cannot be freed from the forces of a place. All of us no matter how strong we are. They will better understand each other. By his power to control. If children do not play with those their own age. the mental powers weaken. which somehow furnishes an impetus to do something worth while. directing and governing other forces. The bigger the attempt undertaken. He has been placed in an attitude capable of acquiring that which he desires. but whether a man is a success or not is greatly determined by the way he acts on the suggestions he receives. are affected by the mental forces of our environment. and. instead of neglected their development. they will take on the actions of the older people. Every business must not only command physical effort but it must also command thought effort. which would be utterly impossible if they were not in sympathy with each other. he inspires confidence in those associated with him. Every time we accomplish something it gives us ability to do greater things. The same is true of older persons if they associate with people younger than they are. the head of the business also has to grow. positive and controlling suggestions of leadership. the greater the things accomplished in the future. but associate with only older people. They take on the spirit of youth. As a business grows.

skilled workers. you can instil your thoughts and your ideas into your employees. and as they co-operate readily they receive the mental support of the management in learning the methods that have been perfected. No doubt those that fill it out think it is foolishness. Soon there is a close bond between them. The up-to-date business man of the future is going to take pains to get his employees to think and reason better. They are more easily guided and grasp the new methods more effectively because they are not contrary to what they have already learned. they are working toward a single purpose. The up-to-date manager wants to guard against hiring employees who will obstruct his success. There must be more of the spirit of justice enter into the business of the future. They don't know it. but have no bad business habits to overcome. each one is like a spoke in a big wheel. every moment spent in bad company is attracting to you all that is bad. He wants them to realize that when they talk of misfortunes and become blue they are likely to communicate the same depressing influence to others. There is time that instead of being wasted he will endeavor to have them use in concentrated effort that will be profitable to both employer and employed. All great leaders must be able to inspire this co-operative spirit. They profit by their combined effort. Your methods and ideas become theirs. They then make their assistants realize the value of mental control. Each member carries his own load. but your mental forces are shaping their work. There is a firm I know that will not hire an employee until he has filled out an application blank. If your business is conducted in the right spirit. and he would not think of shirking. finally. They are at once started on the right road. Instead of each person being a separate unit.them toward the one end. The main thing he wants to know is the applicant's capacity for efficient co-operative effort. He will not want them to become depressed or discouraged. .70 - . This inspires confidence in themselves and they soon become efficient and. They are just as certain to produce results as any physical force in nature. You must realize that every moment spent in thinking of your difficulties of the past. The result is that they accomplish much. is attracting influences that must be shaken off before you can advance. They first secure assistance through their mental control. Anyone working in such an atmosphere could not help turning out his best work. They are then not trained. He wants persons that have faith in themselves. but it is not. Many firms prefer to hire employees that never worked before so that they have nothing to unlearn. A capable manager can look over this application blank and pretty nearly tell if this person will fit into his management.

or unjust. Since these are all controlled by the Will. The attitude we take has a great deal more to do with our success than most of us realize.71 - . Each year we learn more about these psychic forces which are full of possibilities of which we are not even dimly conscious. You must also realize that to do this requires effort that you alone can command. Simple exercises will be given. You can make your Will a dynamo to draw to you untold power. realize that your will should be trained. The Will decides whether we will be just. You can develop a strong one if you want to. No one can call it forth for you. learn more about it. if practiced. There is a wonderful power in the thought rightly controlled and projected and we must through concentration develop this power to the fullest possible extent." writes Doctor Oppenheim. we must first commence with elementary principles. It is impossible to estimate the ultimate good to be derived from the mental cultivation that comes through these attempts at concentration. "can a man show a finer quality of will-power than in his own private.Most big business firms today employ efficiency experts. whether we live up to our highest standard. Exercises are given which will." We are all subjected to certain temptations. In starting to do anything. strengthen your will. Even the simple exercises are not to be thought useless. We are surrounded by many forces of which we know but little at present. intimate life. forbearing in overlooking other's shortcomings. charitable in opinion. You will find in this chapter a most effective and most practical method of developing the will. if we want to command these higher powers and forces which will unquestionably direct the lives of countless future generations. "In no respect. . You. LESSON XIX A CONCENTRATED WILL DEVELOPMENT New Method. Each day or week they are in a different department. We must believe in mental control. Our knowledge of these is to be wonderfully increased. and use it. They earn their money because they familiarize persons with very little business experience with plans that has taken the "expert" years of training and much money to perfect. We must be able to generate those forces that are helpful. of course. we should find time for plenty of exercises for training of the will in our daily life. just as you would strengthen your muscles by athletic exercises. pure of thought.

To be successful in these exercises you must practice them in a spirit of seriousness and earnestness. I can show you how to train your will, but your success depends upon your mastery and application of these methods. New Methods of Will-Training. Select a quiet room where you will not be interrupted; have a watch to determine the time, and a note-book in which to enter observations. Start each exercise with date and time of day. Exercise 1 Time decided on. Select some time of the day when most convenient. Sit in a chair and look at the door-knob for ten minutes. Then write down what you experienced. At first it will seem strange and unnatural. You will find it hard to hold one position for ten minutes. But keep as still as you can. The time will seem long for it will probably be the first time you ever sat and did nothing for ten minutes. You will find your thoughts wandering from the door-knob, and you will wonder what there can be in this exercise. Repeat this exercise for six days. 10 P. M. 2nd Day. Notes. You should be able to sit quieter, and the time should pass more quickly. You will probably feel a little stronger because of gaining a better control of your will. It will brace you up, as you have kept your resolution. 10 P. M. 3rd Day. Notes. It may be a little harder for you to concentrate on the door-knob as perhaps you had a very busy day and your mind kept trying to revert to what you had been doing during the day. Keep on trying and you will finally succeed in banishing all foreign thoughts. Then you should feel a desire to gain still more control. There is a feeling of power that comes over you when you are able to carry out your will. This exercise will make you feel bigger and it awakens a sense of nobility and manliness. You will say, "I find that I can actually do what I want to and can drive foreign thoughts out. The exercise, I can now see, is valuable." 10 P. M. 4th Day. Notes. "I found that I could look at the door-knob and concentrate my attention on it at once. Have overcome the tendency to move my legs. No other thoughts try to enter as I have established the fact that I can do what I want to do and do not have to be directed. I feel that I am gaining in mental strength, I can now see the wonderful value of being the master of my own will-force. I know now if I make a resolution I will keep it. I have more self-confidence and can feel my selfcontrol increasing.

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10 P. M. 5th Day. Notes. "Each day I seem to increase the intensity of my concentration. I feel that I can center my attention on anything I wish. 10 P. M. 6th Day. Notes. "I can instantly center my whole attention on the door-knob. Feel that I have thoroughly mastered this exercise and that I am ready for another." You have practiced this exercise enough, but before you start another I want you to write a summary of just how successful you were in controlling the flitting impulses of the mind and will. You will find this an excellent practice. There is nothing more beneficial to the mind than to pay close attention to its own wonderful, subtle activities. Exercise 2 Secure a package of playing cards. Select some time to do the exercise. Each day at the appointed time, take the pack in one hand and then start laying them down on top of each other just as slowly as you can, with an even motion. Try to get them as even as possible. Each card laid down should completely cover the under one. Do this exercise for six days. 1st Day. Notes. Task will seem tedious and tiresome. Requires the closest concentration to make each card completely cover the preceding one. You will probably want to lay them down faster. It requires patience to lay them down so slowly, but benefit is lost if not so placed. You will find that at first your motions will be jerky and impetuous. It will require a little practice before you gain an easy control over your hands and arms. You probably have never tried to do anything in such a calm way. It will require the closest attention of your will. But you will find that you are acquiring a calmness you never had before. You are gradually acquiring new powers. You recognize how impulsive and impetuous you have been, and how, by using your will, you can control your temperament. 2nd Day. Notes. You start laying the cards down slowly. You will find that by practice you can lay them down much faster. But you want to lay them down slowly and therefore you have to watch yourself. The slow, steady movement is wearisome. You have to conquer the desire of wanting to hurry up. Soon you will find that you can go slowly or fast at will. 3rd Day.

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Notes. You still find it hard to go slowly. Your will urges you to go faster. This is especially true if you are impulsive, as the impulsive character finds it very difficult to do anything slowly and deliberately. It goes against the "grain." This exercise still is tiresome. But when you do it, it braces you up mentally. You are accomplishing something you do not like to do. It teaches you how to concentrate on disagreeable tasks. Writing these notes down you will find very helpful. 4th Day. Notes. I find that I am beginning to place the cards in a mathematical way. I find one card is not completely covering another. I am getting a little careless and must be more careful. I command my will to concentrate more. It does not seem so hard to bring it under control. 5th Day. Notes. I find that I am overcoming my jerky movements, that I can lay the cards down slowly and steadily. I feel that I am rapidly gaining more poise. I am getting better control over my will each day, and my will completely controls my movements. I begin to look on my will as a great governing power. I would not think of parting with the knowledge of will I have gained. I find it is a good exercise and know it will help me to accomplish my tasks. 6th Day. Notes. I begin to feel the wonderful possibilities of the will. It gives me strength to think of the power of will. I am able to do so much more and better work now, that I realize that I can control my will action. Whatever my task, my will is concentrated on it. I am to keep my will centered there until the task is finished. The more closely and definitely I determine what I shall do, the more easily the will carries it out. Determination imparts compelling force to the will. It exerts itself more. The will and the end act and react on each other. 7th Day. Notes. Now try to do everything you do today faster. Don't hurry or become nervous. Just try to do everything faster, but in a steady manner. You will find that the exercises you have practiced in retardation have steadied your nerves, and thereby made it possible to increase your speed. The will is under your command. Make it carry out resolutions rapidly. This is how you build up your self-control and your self-command. It is then that the human machine acts as its author dictates.

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You certainly should now be able to judge of the great benefit that comes from writing out your introspections each day. Of course you will not have the exact experiences given in these examples, but some of these will fit your case. Be careful to study your experiences carefully and make as true a report as you can. Describe your feelings just as they seem to you. Allow your fancies to color your report and it will be worthless. You have pictured conditions as you see them. In a few months, if you again try the same exercises, you will find your report very much better. By these introspections, we learn to know ourselves better and with this knowledge can wonderfully increase our efficiency. As you become used to writing out your report, it will be more accurate. You thus learn how to govern your impulses, activities and weaknesses. Each person should try to plan exercises that will best fit his needs. If not convenient for you to practice exercises every day, take them twice or three times a week. But carry out any plan you decide to try. If you cannot devote ten minutes a day to the experiments start with five minutes and gradually increase the time. The exercises given are only intended for examples. Will Training Without Exercise. There are many people that do not want to take the time to practice exercises, so the following instructions for training the will are given to them. By willing and realizing, the will grows. Therefore the more you will, the more it grows, and builds up power. No matter whether your task is big or small, make it a rule to accomplish it in order to fortify your will. Form the habit of focusing your will in all its strength upon the subject to be achieved. You form in this way the habit of getting a thing done, of carrying out some plan. You acquire the feeling of being able to accomplish that which lies before you, no matter what it is. This gives you confidence and a sense of power that you get in no other way. You know when you make a resolution that you will keep it. You do not tackle new tasks in a half-hearted way, but with a bold, brave spirit. We know that the will is able to carry us over big obstacles. Knowing this despair never claims us for a victim. We have wills and are going to use them with more and more intensity, thus giving us the power to make our resolutions stronger, our actions freer and our lives finer and better. The education of the will should not be left to chance. It is only definite tasks that will render it energetic, ready, persevering and consistent. The only way it can be done is by self-study and self-discipline. The cost is effort, time and patience, but the returns are valuable. There are no magical processes leading to will development, but the development of your will works wonders for you because it gives you self-mastery, personal power and energy of character. Concentration of the Will to Win. The adaptability of persons to their business environment is more a matter of determination than anything else. In this age we hear a good deal of talk about a man's aptitudes. Some of his aptitudes, some of

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his powers. emotion or feeling. while at this work. Ability is very plentiful. but they profited by their efforts in different directions. but to get someone to train them is harder. We are all conscious. There are many successful men. It springs up naturally without any thought of training. as well as you would take care of a five thousand dollar automobile if it were given to you? . It is that "force" that makes us feel determined at times to do something worth while. may be developed to a wonderful extent. This driving force is something distinct from thought or emotion. that we have somewhere within us an active driving force that is ever trying to push us onward to better deeds. but he is really an unknown quality until all his latent powers are developed to their highest possible extent. Concentrating on Driving Force Within. Note: The ordinary human being. the tide of progress would have swept them into oblivion. at times. but we do know that it is what intensifies the will in demanding just and harmonious action. It is a quality of the soul and therefore it has a consciousness all its own. but organizing initiative and creative power are not plentiful. It is the force that makes the will concentrate. merely as merchandise. Just what this force is we do not know. It is the "I will do" of the will. and this fitted them for higher things. or drive it furiously over rough roads. They must be shown how. your only real property. driving them on to accomplish their tasks. You wouldn't put sand in the carburetor. to conserve their energy and they must be taught to work in harmony with others. Their abilities must be directed to the work they can do. It is not thought. as it is the will to do that counts. that did not succeed well at what they first undertook. whereas had they refused to adjust themselves to their environment. but until you reach a certain stage you do not become aware of it.76 - . My one aim in all my works is to try and arouse in the individual the effort and determination to develop his full capacities. for most business concerns are dominated by a single personality. your own health. that it is not so much ability. his highest possibilities. It comes unprovoked and leaves unnoticed. All great men and women become conscious that this supreme and powerful force is their ally in carrying out great resolutions. If somebody gave you a five thousand dollar automobile you would take very good care of it. One thing I want you to realize at the start. This driving force is within all. Are you quite sure that you take care of your own body. if he could be sold as a slave. Many have felt this force working within them. He may be a failure in one line and a big success in another. or leave it out to freeze at night. would be worth ten thousand dollars. It is easy to get employees. It is most useful to the worthy. or mix water with the gasoline.

you cannot get another body. stop and think about it. rather that fail to develop it. then if applicable to you.77 - . if the exercises are practiced and worked out and applied to your own individual case. I have tried to make these lessons practical and I am sure that many will find them so. that you will be impressed by it. because those that lack this great power or. But remember the best instruction can only help you to the extent to which you put it into practice. Of course the mere reading of them will not do you a great deal of good. repeat it over and over. you should be able to acquire the habit of concentration in such measure as to greatly improve your work and increase your happiness.The man who mixes whiskey with his blood is more foolish than a man would be if he mixed water with gasoline in his car. and when you come to an idea that appeals to you. any one of whom could get out of it and be counted among the successful men if only the spark could be found to explode the energy within them now going to waste. That is a foolish man treating himself as he would not treat any other valuable piece of property. . I have found it an excellent idea to read a book through first. but. running along in the old rut. while those that develop and use it will make the most of life's opportunities. will generally suffer from poverty and unhappiness and their life's work will most often be a failure. LESSON XX CONCENTRATION REVIEWED In bringing this book to a close.bolts his food so that his blood supply is imperfect. and then re-read it. and do you LISTEN rather than try to tell them what you know? There are a hundred thousand men of fifty. I again want to impress you with the inestimable value of concentration. You can get another car. Do you try to talk with men and women who know more than you do. In this way you can form the habit of picking out all the good things you read and these will have a wonderful influence on your character. and men of sixty. Each man must study and solve his own problem. The man who misses sleep lives irregularly -.

but it is the way they are used that counts. So never think it a difficult task. But. When you get right into it. for without it you would be unable to say or do anything. nothing more or less. This is the experience of many when they first commence to learn how to concentrate. I want to impress you to concentrate on what you do. don't blame it on your will and say it is weak." You can do it just the minute you say "I will. Read the life of any great man. . The amount of determination used determines who has the strongest will." All men are not born with equal powers. and you will generally find that the dominant quality that made him successful was the ability to concentrate. "One thing at a time. and that done well Is a good rule as I can tell.In this closing chapter." Those that are successful hear the knock and grasp the chance. You are not utilizing your will. just the same as you can control your arms. instead of performing most of your work unconsciously or automatically. Study those that have been failures and you will often find that lack of concentration was the cause. If it wanders. No one's is stronger than yours. in each case. until you have formed habits that give you the mastery of your work and your life powers and forces. "Opportunity knocks at every man's door. Just use your latent powers and it is yours. it does not seem so disagreeable. The failures believe that luck and circumstances are against them. When once you realize this fact. but undertake it with the "I Will Spirit" and you will find that its acquirement will be as easy as its application will be useful. You are aided by both visible and invisible forces when you concentrate on either "to do" or "to be." When you act as if it were weak you say. Anything within the universe is within your grasp. We get what is coming to us." It requires the same amount of effort. you can train the will to concentrate on anything you wish." You can keep your thoughts from straying. The will is just the same whether you act as if it were weak or as if it were strong. "I can't. Very often the hardest part of work is thinking about it. "I can. They always blame someone else instead of themselves for their lack of success." Everyone is capable of some concentration. When you act as if your will is strong you say. Think of this whenever you go against a strong opponent. People differ in the power to concentrate because some are unable to Will to hold the thought in mind for the required time. Never say "I can't concentrate today. it is your fault.78 - .

"Can't" means you will not try. in order to make your life worthy. useful and happy. Keep this up for a month and you will find you will have a better opinion of yourself. you have this courage all the time and it is not necessary to have a special occasion reveal it to you. Concentration is nothing but willing to do a certain thing. Others think "I can" and succeed. that you may become in rapport with those that think thoughts that are worth while. "I can't. when you do. I am going to shut out all thoughts that weaken or interfere. that make me timid.79 - . It is a part of your vast resources. when once you arouse yourself.Some men get in the habit of thinking "I can't" and they fail. . "I won't try. Final Concentration Instruction. In this way you note mistakes. All foreign thoughts can be kept out by willing that they stay out. Don't waste your time in foolish reading. While going to work the next morning. These are the factors that make you a success." You only use as much as you have trained yourself to use. An Experiment to Try. in working out the highest destiny of which you are capable. Before going to bed tonight. Whenever you feel like saying." say instead. you must concentrate. you are really saying that you refuse to try.those great things which words cannot express. Let your spirit and the spirit of the author commune. You have at times been in a position that required courage and you were surprised at the amount you showed. You now realize that. Read slowly and concentrate on what you are reading. My object in so strongly impressing this on your mind is to make you aware that the same courage. You cannot realize your possibilities until you commence to direct your mind. Never say you cannot concentrate. Hold fast to them always. it is for you to decide whether you will join the army of "I can't" or "I can. "I am going to choose my own thoughts. and you will then sense what is between the lines -. You then do consciously what you have before done unconsciously. for. My Will is as strong as anyone's else. Now. "I possess all will and I can use as much as I wish. repeat. A number of exercises and all the needed instruction has been given. Use it often and well. and to hold them as long as I choose. Their enthusiasm will inspire and enlighten you. So remember. and try to raise it. Select something that is inspiring." they really say." The big mistake with so many is that they don't realize that when they say "I can't. the same determination that you show at certain exceptionable times you have at your command at all times." You can not tell what you can do until you try. It now remains for you to form the highest ideal that you can in the present and live up to that ideal. overcome bad habits and perfect your conduct. repeat this over.

The secret of accomplishment is concentration. but be deliberate in all you do. Read books that treat of but one continuous subject. Father Time keeps going on and on. Anyone that is not happy does not claim their birthright. Study yourself. If you have studied yourself carefully you should have a good line on yourself. Now start from this minute. or the art of turning all your power upon just one point at a time. last. action and work. its ever harmonious forces will necessarily insure to you a successful fulfilment of all your life purposes. Find Your Strong Points And Make Them Stronger As Well As Your Weak Ones And Strengthen Them. Read long articles and recall the thread of the argument. Do not ramble. only those inherent and acquired qualities and conditions within the mentality -your character. patient and tireless in their thought. Study yourself carefully and you will see yourself as you really are.80 - . Keep in mind that some day you are going to leave this world and think of what you will take with you. These are of course important and I don't want you to think they are not. When you work. Concentrating on the Higher Self. Talk slowly. but I want you to realize that when death comes. Right thinking and right Living necessarily results in happiness. See how long you can sit still and think on one subject without interruption. This will assist you to concentrate on the higher forces. Every day he rolls around means one less day for you on this planet. hold the thought "My-higher-self-insures-to-me-the happiness-of-doing-that-which-best-answersmy-true-relations-to-all-others. Hang on to that thought ceaselessly until you have attained your object. for with these qualities you can mold external materials and conditions. Think before you speak and direct your conversation to the subject under discussion. Remember first. If these are what they should be. Assume static attitudes without moving a finger or an eyelid. Most of us only try to master the external conditions of this world. Whenever you feel tempted to disobey your higher promptings. and should be able to make the proper interior re-adjustments.Pay constant attention to one and one thing only for a given time and you will soon be able to concentrate. conduct and soul growth -.will go with you." . Never form the hurry habit. let your mind dwell steadily on your task. We think our success and happiness depends on us doing so. and always. and it is therefore within your power to obtain happiness. to act according to the advice of the higher self in everything you do. you need not be afraid of not being successful and happy. steadily and connectedly. or any part of your body. Associate yourself with people who are steady. If you do.

The all consuming fires are gradually purifying all discordant elements. or you can work against the great plan and suffer the consequences.You possess latent talents. More of this type of material can be found on our Downloads and Links Page “Enlightenment is Remembering” . You will then not surrender your dignity or self respect. But if you do not properly use them. instead of wasting our time dwelling on some trifling external quality or defect. I-seekwisdom. self-knowledge. when others ignorantly make a display of material things to show off. The more we become conscious of the presence of the higher self the more we should try to become a true representative of the human soul in all its wholeness and holiness. Hold the thought: "I-will-live-for-my-best. The right in the end must prevail. you shirk your duty. We should try to secure a true conception of what we really are so as not to over value the external furnishings. When you have aroused into activity your thought powers you will realize the wonderful value of these principles in helping you to carry out your plans. Only the person that realizes that he is a permanent Being knows what the true self is. If you choose to work contrary to the law you will burn in its crucible. therefore-only-the-best-can-come-to-me. You can assist in the working out of the great plan of the universe and thereby gain the reward.81 - . Others will also be worse off if you do not fulfil your obligations. that when developed and utilized are of assistance to you and others. so I want you to learn to concentrate intelligently on becoming in harmony with your higher self. I-act-from-thehigher-self. THE END This has been presented by Ashlie Books We endeavor to make available inspiring and useful works that are otherwise not easily acquired. and you will be the loser and suffer from the consequences. happiness-and-power-to-help-others.

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